What is the Ring Road?
Once completed the final piece of the Hamilton Ring Road, the extension of Wairere Drive between Cambridge Road and Cobham Drive will connect the future bridge over the Waikato River into Peacocke. To do this Cobham Drive will be raised to allow the four-laned Wairere Drive to pass underneath it. Work will also include extensions of shared walking and biking paths for people to enjoy.
The total project cost to build the final section of the Ring Road is $45M, of which 75% is contributed by government through Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency subsidies.
Completion anticipated early 2022.
What's happening now?
The new traffic switch is to allow our team to raise Cobham Drive above what will be the new Wairere Drive extension and build the Cobham Drive overbridge.
The current set up will still exist – two lanes heading into the city using the on/off ramps and one lane of traffic heading south towards Cambridge (on a new temporary road). See image below.
People on bikes and pedestrians will need to use Hungerford Crescent or Cambridge Road.
Pedestrians and cyclists can also use the Sillary Street underpass which safely connects Hamilton East (Grey Street) to the Hamilton Gardens.
As always people are advised to plan and allow extra time for their journey.
Thanks for your patience, and please adhere to the temporary speed limit through the site - for your safety and the safety of our construction workers.
Read our FAQs about this phase of the project here
Below is a 3D visualisation concept video of how the final section of the Hamilton Ring Road will look once completed.
*Some elements are subject to change and may differ from what you see here.
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