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Funding approvals for Waikato roading projects

Media Statement
For immediate release
Date 11 August 2006
Funding approved for Church Rd-Avalon Dr four-laning

The Land Transport NZ Board has approved construction funding for the widening of State Highway 1 to four lanes north of Hamilton City, between Church Road and Avalon Drive.

The four-laning project involves a 1km stretch of SH1 and an upgrade of the Avalon Drive roundabout. The total project works involve:

- widening the road from two to four lanes between the Church Rd and Base Parade roundabouts

- widening the road from three to four lanes between the Base Parade and Avalon Dr roundabouts

- construction of shared pedestrian and cycle facilities

- upgrading the Avalon Dr/Wairere Dr/Te Rapa intersection and providing pedestrian crossings near this intersection.

The Church Rd to Avalon Dr project is part of the Hamilton Western Corridor strategy. The four-laning project is aimed at improving efficiency of this section of SH1 by reducing congestion currently caused by merge delays at single lane road sections between two lane roundabouts.

The amount of funding approved for the project will remain confidential until construction contracts have been awarded by Transit New Zealand. The project will be jointly funded by Hamilton City Council.

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Funding approved for construction of Avalon Drive bypass

The Land Transport NZ Board has approved construction funding for the State Highway 1 Avalon Drive bypass in Hamilton.

The project involves an internal bypass of a 2km section of SH1 in Hamilton City, from Rotokauri Rd to Norton Rd. The bypass will begin north of the existing intersection of Rotokauri Rd with SH1, diverting to the east of the existing highway and running parallel to the railway line, reconnecting with the existing highway at the intersection with Norton Rd.

The project will include two new roundabouts and the lowering of Norton Rd to pass under a new railway bridge replacing the existing level crossing.

Land Transport NZ Midlands Partnership Manager Rosalie Orr said construction of the bypass would improve safety and reduce congestion by separating local traffic from through traffic.

“The bypass will also create road capacity on Avalon Drive, which will enable Hamilton City Council to install cycle lanes, re-route bus services and upgrade pedestrian facilities. It will provide a long term, sustainable and safe solution for all road users,” Ms Orr said.

The amount of funding approved for the project will remain confidential until construction contracts have been awarded by Transit New Zealand.

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Funding approved for design of Cambridge bypass

The Land Transport NZ Board has approved $4.4 million in design funding for the State Highway 1 Cambridge bypass.

The project involves a new 11km road bypassing the existing section of SH1 which currently passes through Cambridge, bisecting residential and industrial areas.

The bypass will form part of the Waikato expressway from Mercer to Cambridge. The expressway is a high priority for the region in the long term. In recent years Land Transport NZ has funded several projects on the expressway, including:

- Four-laning the highway from Mercer to Longswamp

- Four-laning the highway from Rangiriri to south of Ohinewai

- Installation of a wire rope median barrier on the Longswamp-Rangiriri section.

Land Transport NZ Midlands Partnership Manager Rosalie Orr said the Cambridge bypass aimed to reduce congestion and improve safety on SH1 and in the Cambridge town centre, provide safe pedestrian and cycle facilities in the town, reduce vehicle noise and emissions in the town and protect the long term function of the highway.

ENDS

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