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 city.development@hcc.govt.nz
  • For any site specific or construction related issues or queries, please contact Downer NZ direct on 0508 RING RD (0508 746 473) or email ring.road@downer.co.nz
  • If you would like to register for weekly email updates regarding progress and upcoming activities email ring.road@downer.co.nz 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.
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Project update

December 2013

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 by Christmas, with a view to opening the new Wairere Drive from Ruakura Road to Clyde Street around April/May 2014.
On the second stage of works from Clyde Street to Cambridge Road/Naylor Street, over the last few months some service relocation works have been undertaken, with major construction works expected to commence on this section from January 2014. Early works next year will include excavations for the new road, and construction of a new retaining wall near Cambridge Road.
Road closures and access changes to note:
o Access to and from Dey Street at Clyde Street is now permanently closed. Alternative routes to access Dey Street are via Fox Street.
o Access across Old Farm Road from the city to university sides of Dey St/Wairere Drive is now permanently closed. Please refer to the plan in the ‘Documents’ section for further details of this closure.
o The Route 13 ‘University’ and Orbiter bus routes have changed their routes around the Wilson Street / Clyde Street area. More information on these changes is available on the Busit website http://www.busit.co.nz/.
o Access to and from Dey Street on the northern side of Cambridge Rd/Naylor St will be permanently closed from Tuesday 7th January. Alternative routes to access Dey Street will be via Fox Street and Henry Street.
o Current berm parking and access to the existing Clyde Park carpark adjacent to the Kirikiriroa marae will be permanently closed off from early January 2013. Vehicle access to the marea will be maintained throughout construction, and on-street parking is available on Wellington Street and Henry Street from where pedestrian crossing points across the construction site will be provided.
o The No. 17 ‘Hamilton East Uni’ bus will change its route from Monday 17th March 2014 from Dey St to Fox St in the area of construction between Brookfield Street and Naylor Street. Additional notification prior to the route change will be provided.

Special notes

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.
Page reviewed: 16 Jan 2014 4:26pm