Buzz from the Beehive
Transport Minister Michael Wood left the dollar signs out of his press satement when declaring that the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway has opened, marking the final chapter of a 30 year roading project.
It was terrific to see the last 22-kilometre piece of the Expressway “falling into place”, he enthused. This reflects somewhat curiously on the work of the engineers and construction gangs.
The road connects Auckland to the agriculture and business centres of the Waikato and would improve economic growth and productivity in the region.
The full 102km Waikato Expressway will also reduce travel times between Auckland and Tirau by 35 minutes for approximately 20,000 vehicles a day.
The Hamilton section is the biggest roading project in Waikato’s history and runs from Ngāruawāhia in the north to the existing Tamahere interchange south of Hamilton.
Work on the earlier sections of the Waikato Expressway began in the 1990s and the road (Wood says) will be one of the safest in the country.
Wood said The Waikato Expressway was funded though the National Land Transport Fund, with funding for each section applied for as they progressed through their stages, from pre-implementation through to construction.
But – would you believe – he did not mention the cost. Continue reading “Commendable engineering: Wood is chuffed about 22km stretch of expressway “falling into place” but he keeps quiet about the cost”