Ring Road - Wairere Drive Extension

​​​​​Progress update - June 2018

Site preparation work is progressing well on the final stage of the Ring Road project to improve transport connections and safety for people getting around Hamilton. The weather has been a challenge at times, but the contractor has made good progress on site in the last two months getting it ready for construction later this year. Their main focus has been 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.

Where we are now

The Hamilton Ring Road major arterial transport network is a key component of the Access Hamilton strategy. The extension of Wairere Drive from Crosby Road through to Cobham Drive has been underway since 2011, with over 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 focus is now on the final 400m section between Cambridge Road and Cobham Drive including the new intersection with Cobham Drive intersection which will be the final link to complete the Hamilton Ring Road.

This final section involves constructing approximately 400m of Wairere Drive to Cobham Drive, which is the last link needed to complete the Hamilton Ring Road network. 

Heading south from Cambridge Rd, Wairere Dr will be four lanes (two in each direction), and Cobham Dr will be raised on an embankment to allow Wairere Dr to pass underneath (see plan). This means pedestrian and cycle access on the shared paths of Wairere Dr will be on the same level, and removes the need for a separate pedestrian overbridge across Cobham Dr. The works are broadly planned to be completed in two stages and are funded in partnership with The NZ Transport Agency.

Enabling works to prepare the site start in February. Construction will begin, subject to Council approval, late this year.

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

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Page reviewed: 02 Jul 2018 3:28pm