27 July 2007
Hamilton City Council has just awarded a contract to Fulton Hogan for construction of the Wairere Drive extension between Hukanui Road and Tramway Road. The $20m project is the largest Council has ever awarded.
Funding assistance of 55 per cent of $15.3m had been approved by the Land Transport New Zealand Board for the Wairere Drive extension. The balance of the project cost is for water and wastewater infrastructure. Detailed design, planning and tendering processes have been completed, with award of the construction contract being finalised by Council this week (24 July).
The project forms part of the city's ring road and is a key part of the Access Hamilton integrated transport system, which includes off-road pedestrian and cycling facilities. The new road will link Hukanui Road to Tramway Road and is the next step in the greater Wairere Drive corridor that will in time connect with Cobham Drive.
In addition to the transport elements of the project, Council is investing in significant wastewater and clean water infrastructure through this corridor. These components will be constructed as part of the same contract.
As part of the tender process, Council worked with the prospective contractors to promote innovation to achieve cost savings and minimise public disruption through the construction period. This has been a successful process and will significantly reduce the impact on residents in the area, in addition to the design features that include extensive landscaping and noise mitigation.
The date for starting works on site is expected to be September 2007.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Name: Anita Ferguson
Designation: Project Manager
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6879
Name: Curt Christiansen
Designation: Communication Executive
Tel (Direct): 0 7 838 6803
Mobile: 021 775 651
Fax (Direct): 0 7 838 6761