Wairere Drive Extension
Crosby Road to Cobham Drive
The extension of Wairere Drive from Crosby Road to Cobham Drive provides the final link in the Hamilton Ring Road major arterial transport corridor network, and is a key component of the Access Hamilton strategy. The Wairere Drive extension project will provide a major arterial corridor designed to take significant traffic flows, and get people moving around Hamilton City more easily both now and into the future.
After an extensive consultation process, in 2007 Council was granted a designation for the new section of Wairere Drive extending from Crosby Road in the north through to Cobham Drive in the south. The designation confirmed the alignment of the new road.
In early 2011, construction works commenced on the first section of the extension, from Crosby Road to Ruakura Road. This section was completed in early 2013, including:
• New four lane major arterial road
• 2 new bridges at Carrs Rd and ECMT railway.
• 3 new pedestrian underpasses
• New 3m wide offroad shared (pedestrian and cycle) path along the full length.
In early 2013, works also commenced on the upgrade of Ruakura Road between Peachgrove Road and Wairere Drive, which includes the upgrade of Ruakura Rd / Peachgrove Rd / Te Aroha St intersection. Construction works on this section were completed in July 2013.
Construction of the final section of the Wairere Drive extension from Ruakura Road to Cobham Drive is now underway, with expected connection to Cobham Drive in 2015.
For detailed plans and links to previous newsletters relating the Wairere Drive Extension project, please follow the links below.
If you require any further information or have any questions relating to the Wairere Drive Extension project:
- Go to the Frequently Asked Questions page
- Contact the City Development Unit at Hamilton City Council on (07) 838 6903 or email email@example.com
- For any site specific or construction related issues or queries, please contact Downer NZ direct on 0508 RING RD (0508 746 473) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you would like to register for weekly email updates regarding progress and upcoming activities email email@example.com to join the mailing list.
- You can also follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HamiltonRingRoad) or
Twitter (@HamiltonRingRd) for real time updates on construction activities.
With the Wairere Drive Extension from Crosby Road to Ruakura Road and also the Ruakura Road upgrade now complete, construction works have commenced on the final link in the ring road network from Ruakura Road to Cobham Drive.
The first stage of work is focused on the section from Ruakura Road to Clyde Street, including the Clyde Street intersection. Following extensive underground service relocations and installation of new kerbs along Dey street over the last few months, works are now progressing with transforming the Clyde Street intersection in preparation for the new traffic signals and also through the Dey Street area north of Clyde Street with excavations and new road pavement construction. Works on Clyde Street are currently planned to be completed in November, with a view to opening the new Wairere Drive from Ruakura Road to Clyde Street in February 2014.
In order to progress construction, as of early November access across Old Farm Road from the eastern to western sides of Dey St / Wairere Drive will be permanently closed. Once the date of this has been confirmed further notification will be advised. Also please note that the Route 13 ‘University’ and Orbiter bus routes will be changing their routes around the Wilson Street / Clyde Street area from Monday 14th October. More information on these changes is available on the Busit website http://www.busit.co.nz/
Please be aware that the construction site could be hazardous to public with machinery working and excavations underway. For safety reasons, please do not enter the construction site.
Also, as works continue throughout the site, though works have been planned to minimise disruption and delays to commuters as much as possible, please be aware that at times delays are unavoidable given the work required and site constraints. We thank you for your ongoing patience in regard to this.