Waikato Ex­press­way bridges due to open soon

Hamilton Metro News - - NEWS -

Two bridges that will cross the Hamil­ton Sec­tion of the Waikato Ex­press­way are ex­pected to open to traf­fic be­fore Christ­mas.

The first — the Mor­rinsville Road Bridge — is ex­pected to open in late Oc­to­ber, and the Gor­don­ton Road Bridge in De­cem­ber. The Matangi Road Bridge is ex­pected to open in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

These bridges have been built on the ground, with the ex­press­way route to be ex­ca­vated be­neath the bridges this sum­mer. A fourth bridge — the East Coast Main Trunk Rail Bridge at Ruakura — will be opened to con­struc­tion traf­fic only, by Christ­mas.

NZ Trans­port Agency Port­fo­lio Man­ager Peter Sim­cock said dumptrucks will travel un­der or over the new bridges haul­ing sand to con­struct the ex­press­way em­bank­ments.

“This is a great out­come for the com­mu­nity be­cause it means that some of the con­struc­tion traf­fic will be re­moved from busy lo­cal roads.” Mr Sim­cock says work on the other bridges is pro­gress­ing well but con­struc­tion has been af­fected by the re­cent wet weather.

Kay Road was orig­i­nally ex­pected to re­open to traf­fic be­fore Christ­mas but con­struc­tion has been af­fected by weather and dif­fi­cult ground con­di­tions. It will now open in June 2018.

Once Kay Road is re­opened, Hor­sham Downs Road will close near the in­ter­sec­tion with Bor­man Road for up to eight months to build an­other bridge over the ex­press­way.

“Un­for­tu­nately the ter­rain in this area will not al­low space for a traf­fic di­ver­sion around the area re­quired for bridge con­struc­tion and ser­vice re­lo­ca­tions. But we will be work­ing with the com­mu­nity to en­sure they are kept up to date about the routes they can fol­low,” Mr Sim­cock said

The Hamil­ton Sec­tion of the Waikato Ex­press­way will re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion, im­prove safety, re­duce travel times and boost eco­nomic growth in the Waikato.

Con­struc­tion is due to com­plete in 2020.

Photo / Sup­plied

Beams be­ing placed on the Mor­rinsville Rd Bridge.

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