Ex­press­way com­ing along

Hamilton News - - NEWS - Tom Row­land

Hamil­ton’s sec­tion of the Waikato Ex­press­way con­tin­ues to de­velop at a steady pace, with re­open­ing of Kay Rd in Ro­to­tuna to­day a sig­nif­i­cant step in the project.

The road had been closed for the past 14 months to al­low con­struc­tion of a bridge over a sec­tion of the Waikato Ex­press­way.

The bridge, which is the high­est on the Hamil­ton sec­tion, stand­ing at 18m above the ex­press­way, will pro­vide com­muters with an al­ter­na­tive route out of town as a sec­tion of Hor­sham Downs Rd will close on Oc­to­ber 9 for a sim­i­lar bridge con­struc­tion project, NZTA says.

The Hor­sham Downs Rd clo­sure lo­ca­tion is just north of the Bor­man Road in­ter­sec­tion, near the old choco­late fac­tory.

Dur­ing the clo­sure, ac­cess to prop­er­ties along Hor­sham Downs Road will be main­tained at all times, but there will be no ve­hi­cle or pedes­trian ac­cess through the bridge site, NZTA says.

Ex­ca­va­tion and con­struc­tion will take up to 14 months.

The road will re­open in late 2019.

The Hamil­ton sec­tion of the ex­press­way is sched­uled to be fin­ished in 2020. The 22km stretch of road runs east of the city and con­nects the Nga¯ ru­awa¯ hia sec­tion to the Cam­bridge sec­tion at Tama­here.

Open­ing of the Hamil­ton sec­tion will tie in with the open­ing of the Huntly sec­tion, which in­volves 15km of a four lane ex­press­way through the Taupiri Pass. This con­struc­tion project will con­nect the al­ready com­pleted Ohinewai sec­tion of the ex­press­way to the Nga¯ ru­awa¯ hia sec­tion.

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Kay Road in Ro­to­tuna will re­open to the pub­lic to­day af­ter the com­ple­tion of a bridge next to the Ro­to­tuna Reser­voir, to take the road over the Waikato Ex­press­way.

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