With a total of 180,000 cubic metres of dirt being moved, 38,000 new plants and 2km of walking and cycling paths being added there is lots going on with the Ring Road – Wairere Dr extension project.
And by the way, we’re raising Cobham Dr six metres above Wairere Dr extension!
This transformational transportation project will help Hamiltonians get around the city more easily and freely and will provide a connection to the future bridge over the Waikato River to Peacocke. It will also include awesome shared walking and biking paths for people to enjoy.
In the meantime, there is a massive amount of work being done by the construction team. The next phase of works kicked off earlier this week with a road layout change which has seen Cobham Dr reduced to three lanes – two lanes for Hamilton-bound vehicles and one lane for south-bound vehicles towards Cambridge.
There is also a speed reduction to 50km/h through the area – down from the normal 80km/h.
The layout changes are needed to provide space for required Cobham Dr construction activities and ensure the site is as safe as possible for both road users and workers.
The new road layout will be in place 24/7, for approximately nine months.
Check out the video to see how the road will look once finished.
The total project cost to build the final section of the Ring Road is $45M, of which 75% is contributed by government through Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency subsidies.
The Ring Road is designed to be a main route for traffic as the city grows and support people getting around our city now and in the future, whether in cars, walking, on bikes or on public transport.
The Council is investing $2B in the 10 years to 2028 for the city’s biggest-ever capital programme to set the platform for planned, sustainable growth and to look after Hamilton’s future transport, infrastructure and community facilities.