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?
Soon, east bound traffic (heading towards Cambridge) will move off the current Cobham Drive and onto a new temporary lane. This is to allow the team access to start construction on the new Cobham Drive overbridge.
There will be no change to the lanes traveling into town, and no significant delays are anticipated.
We understand these current lane changes seem like they are permanent, however these are temporary while we construct the permanent alignment.
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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