Expressway project opens its gates to public
It’s the Waikato’s biggest-ever roading project — and it’s opening its gates to the public.
The Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway will hold a project open day on Saturday March 3, 10am to 2pm, Saturday 3 at the project office, Ryburn Road, sign-posted off Ruakura Road on the eastern outskirts of Hamilton.
Visitors can take a free 30-minute bus tour on to the project work site — or watch the project’s survey drones photographing the site from the air.
A new scale model of the Southern Interchange will be on display in the project visitor centre, and timelapse videos showing how bridges and embankments are being built. Engineers, designers and other key staff will be on hand to speak with visitors.
“This is a great opportunity for the public to see first-hand how we build a large section of expressway. It will be an event that’s fun and affordable for individuals and families, and we’re expecting a big turnout,” NZ Transport Agency portfolio manager, Peter Simcock says.
The environmental display at the open day will show visitors how the project treats water before it is discharged from the site, and how the project works around native bats, fish and lizards. Children can dig for archaeological ‘treasures’ in a large sandpit — and win rewards. They can also sit in the cab of a small digger.
Large earthmoving and paving machines will be on display, and visitors will be invited to take part in building mechanically stabilised earth (MSE) walls. These walls form the abutments that hold up many of the bridges on the project.
Other displays will demonstrate the project’s work with soils and geology, design, ground surveying and pavement construction.
Entry and parking is free. Food and refreshments can be purchased on-site.
(Right): See first-hand how a large section of Waikato Expressway is being built.