Ex­press­way project opens its gates to pub­lic

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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.

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