Construction of a new bridge over the Waikato River and surrounding transport network is now under way. The network will be a key connection into Peacocke from Hillcrest and the eastern suburbs.
Council has contracted HEB Construction to do this work.Key features of the project:
- Prioritises public transport, pedestrians and people on bikes.
- Considers long-tailed bat and copper skink populations and other native fauna.
- Partnership with iwi – including cultural design input, looking after the environment and Kaiarahi and Kaitiaki roles on site.
- Community spaces including a paa harakeke, pocket parks and play facilities.
- Part of a wider transport network planned for the Peacocke neighbourhood.
Waikato River bridge
- Four-lane bridge including dedicated bus lanes.
- Seperate pedestrian and cycling paths.
- 95 to 110m span over the Waikato River.
- No piers in the River.
- 215m overall length.
- Anchored by a pedestrian bridge on the northern side of the River.
- A single Y-shaped pillar on the south bank of the river, supporting a flat bridge deck spanning more than 200 metres long.
- Lighting and structural features have been chosen to minimise the impact on the native long-tailed bats and the surrounding environment both during construction, and when it is operational.
Check out the final concept designs for the new bridge:
Read the full story here
The surrounding transport network
- A 1.6km extension to Wairere Drive from the new bridge.
- Urban upgrades to Weston Lea Drive and Peacockes Road to accomodate traffic and footpaths.
- A network of underpasses, separated cycle paths and roads that prioritise buses and other public transport.
- A two-lane, four-way roundabout at the intersection of Wairere Drive extension and Peacockes Road.
- A signalised intersection at Peacockes Road and Weston Lea Drive.
- Relocating utility services and installing new ones to cater to growth.
- Stormwater, wastewater and water supply pipes installed.
Check out our concept plans for the surrounding transport network here:
Construction of the bridge and surrounding transport network is budgeted to cost $135M.
Peacocke is being built with the support of $290.4M of the Government's Housing Infrastructure Fund, made up of a $180.3M 10-year interest-free loan and $110.1M of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency subsidies.
|September 2018 - March 2019 - Planning||Complete|
|March to June 2019 - Preliminary design||Complete|
|July 2019 to July 2020 - Detailed design and construction drawings||Complete|
|April to August 2020 - Tender process||Complete|
|September 2020 - Contract award for construction||Complete|
|November 2020 - Construction starts|
|Late 2023 – Bridge and surrounding roads open|||
Get in touch
If you have any questions about construction, please get in touch with:
HEB Stakeholder Communication and Engagement Manager