Ring Road - Wairere Dr Extension

​​​​​​Progress update - December 2018

We are committed to embracing growth. Part of this includes making sure we have infrastructure that meets our current demands, supports growth and helps build a strong economy for Hamiltonians.

The final connection of the Hamilton Ring Road, the extension of Wairere Dr between Cambridge Rd and Cobham Dr, will improve Hamilton's liveability through delivering an excellent transport network. Work will also include extensions of shared walking and biking paths for people to enjoy. When completed, Cobham Dr will be raised to allow the four-laned Wairere Dr to pass underneath it and enable connection to the future bridge over the Waikato River to Peacocke.  

The programme fro the next few weeks includes:
  • Focusing on environmental controls​ 
  • Subsoil drainage so we can get embankments in place.


Enabling works (completed)

Site preparation work is now complete on the final stage of the Ring Road. During this stage the main focus was on: 

  • Earthworks and creation of the realigned gully
  • Installing stormwater pipes under Cobham Dr
  • Relocating and upgrading watermain pipes
  • Preparing for planting in the new gully area
  • Relocating overhead power lines.
Read more in the June 2018 project update, found to the right of this page.

​Community Information Day

We were pleased to see around 200 people attend a community drop-in session on 9 April where queries were answered and information shared by Hamilton City Council and NZ Transport Agency staff about the final section of the Ring Road, the Cambridge Rd/Cobham Dr intersection and the Waikato Expressway. If you weren't able to attend this event, you can view the Ring Road Information Day banners here.

What is the Ring Road?

The Hamilton Ring Road major arterial transport network is a key component of the Access Hamilton strategy. The extension of Wairere Dr from Crosby Rd through to Cobham Dr has been underway since 2011, with more than five kilometres now completed along the eastern side of the city. Once complete it will provide a major arterial corridor designed to take significant traffic flows and enable more people moving around Hamilton now and in the future, whether in cars, walking, or on their bikes.

The design is also future-proofed to connect with proposed roading networks south of the city.

Download  the concept plan above.

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