Construction is well under way on the Resolution Drive Extension which will connect Hamilton's north-eastern suburbs to the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway.
The project will include building an underpass between Borman Road and Kay Road which will safely connect the residential development happening in the area with the planned Rototuna village.
- 2015 – Designation obtained for the extension of Resolution Drive from Borman Road to Horsham Downs Road. The consent included the connection to the Resolution Drive Interchange. This was approved by Hamilton City Council and Waikato District Council.
- 2015 – The Resolution Drive/Kay Road intersection configuration was decided and approved as part of the designation of Resolution Drive. This included the permanent severance of Kay Road on the western side of Resolution Drive. The intersection was approved by Hamilton City Council and Waikato District Council.
- 2018 – Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Hamilton City Council and Waikato District Council commenced the consultation process for the road name change of the eastern side of Kay Road (Resolution Drive to Horsham Downs Road). Kay Road residents, Iwi and those that attended public open days were given the opportunity to submit suggested names for the road.
- 2020 – Hamilton City Council and Waikato District Council agreed the new road name for the eastern side of Kay Road between Resolution Drive and Horsham Downs Road would be Ennion Rise.
- March 2021 – The final design for the intersection of Resolution Drive and Kay Road was approved by Hamilton City Council and Waikato District Council.
- January 2022 – Kay Road (west side) where it meets the Resolution Drive will permanently close.
- Early 2022 – The east side of Kay Road (Resolution Drive to Horsham Downs Road) will be renamed Ennion Rise. The west side of Kay Road (Resolution Drive to River Road) is to remain as Kay Road.
- Mid 2022 – Resolution Drive and its new connection to Ennion Rise (formerly Kay Road) is scheduled to open at the same time as the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway.
Kay Road closure
Currently, Kay Road (near North City Road) intersects with what will be the new Resolution Drive Extension. Because of this, some changes to the road layout on Kay Road are needed. This means the western side of Kay Road will permanently end just after Tennille Street.
A temporary road closure will also be in place on the eastern side of Kay Road near North City Road. This will allow the team to construct the new intersection onto Resolution Drive.
These closures will be in place from Monday 10 January 2022. Alternative routes for traffic will be sign posted.
Once complete, the eastern side of Kay Road will reopen and will connect with Resolution Drive as a left into Kay Road and left out on to Resolution Drive (dotted orange line on the map).
The Resolution Drive extension is scheduled to open at the same time as the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway in mid-2022.
New shared paths beside Resolution Drive, and a pedestrian underpass, is also being constructed to help grow walking and cycling connectivity in the area (turquoise line below).
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why didn't you build a roundabout at the intersection of Kay Road/Resolution Drive? What the intersection would be and its connectivity were considered during the designation process in 2015. We took into consideration aspects like geometrics (road levels, terrain, and the fact Kay Road is a rural road). We also looked at the need to discourage rat running and keep traffic on the safer and more appropriate roads (Borman Road and Resolution Drive). All these elements combined governed the final intersection configuration.
Why is there no right turn from Resolution Drive on to Kay Road? An independent safety audit of the detailed intersection design recommended removing the right turn movement.
When will the Resolution Drive extension be completed? Resolution Drive will open at the same time as the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway in mid-2022.
Will Kay Road be renamed? The east side of Kay Road (Resolution Drive to Horsham Downs Road) will be renamed Ennion Rise. The west side of Kay Road (Resolution Drive to River Road) is to remain as Kay Road.
How long will construction take? Approximately six months (weather dependent).
How long will the closure on the eastern side of Kay Road be in place for? For six months from 10 January 2022.
What are the hours of work? 7am - 6pm Monday to Saturday.
Will vehicle access be maintained for residents? Vehicle access will be maintained for a small group of Kay Road properties located inside the closure zone. Other residents in the area will need to follow alternative routes.
Can I still bike/walk along Kay Road? Yes – but not inside the closure zone. The closure zone is an active work site and for health and safety reasons, access is not permitted. Cyclists and walkers will need to follow alternative routes.
Will emergency services have access through the site? Emergency services won't have access through the closure zone/work site.
Get in touch
If you have any questions about construction, please get in touch with CityEdge Alliance on 0800 322 044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org