Work has begun on the $115 million Longswamp Section of the Government’s $2.1 billion Waikato Expressway. This involves widening and upgrading State Highway 1 between Hampton Downs and the Rangiriri Interchange to four lanes, with improved local road connections and a new local road overbridge.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges said the expressway would reduce congestion and provide stronger links between the business and agricultural centres of Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.
“This project will not only benefit businesses, it will also provide commuters, tourists and all those travelling between Auckland and Hamilton a safer and more efficient connection,” he said. “This marks a major milestone for the Waikato Expressway with all the remaining sections now under construction.”
The 102-kilometre expressway is one of the Government’s seven Roads of National Significance that have been identified as key to unlocking New Zealand’s economic growth.
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