Ramp­ing up for a big sum­mer

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT -

We’re gear­ing up for a big sum­mer of earth­works and bridge build­ing.

Our bulk earth­works sea­son runs from Oc­to­ber 2017 to April 2018, and we’re plan­ning to move more than 1.5 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of sand and soil in that time.

In the north, we’ll build a new sec­tion of ex­press­way from Kay Road run­ning east of the city to Ruakura Rd. This fea­tures a new bridge over Puke­taha Rd and a full in­ter­change at Green­hill Rd/Par­doa Boule­vard.

In the south, we’ll build the ex­press­way and a se­ries of gully bridges from Mor­rinsville Rd through to Cam­bridge Rd.

By Christ­mas this year, we’ll have three bridges open to traf­fic, and 13 more un­der con­struc­tion.

The Hamil­ton Sec­tion is a green­fields project. That means it doesn’t fol­low any ex­ist­ing roads. So to un­der­stand where it’s go­ing, you re­ally need to view one of our large maps or watch our fly­over video.

To keep you up to date, we’re hold­ing two Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Evenings next week. Here are the de­tails:

South­ern In­for­ma­tion Even­ing (Tama­here to Green­hill Road) 4.00pm – 7.00pm, 11 Septem­ber at the Hamil­ton Car Club, 116 Vaile Road, New­stead.

North­ern In­for­ma­tion Even­ing (Puke­taha Road to Lake Road) 4.00pm – 7.00pm, 13 Septem­ber at the Puke­taha Hall, Puke­taha Road, Puke­taha.

Each event will fea­ture our new fly­over video recorded at the end of Au­gust, large ae­rial pho­tos, maps and bridge plans. Engi­neers and other staff will be on hand to an­swer your ques­tions.

A big sum­mer is loom­ing for the team build­ing the Hamil­ton Sec­tion of the Waikato Ex­press­way. In this month’s col­umn, project man­ager Matt Fair­weather pre­views what’s com­ing up. Dumptrucks and mo­torscrap­ers are ex­pected to move 1.5 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of sand and soil this sum­mer.

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