Te Rapa section of the Waikato Expressway will be opened tomorrow.
The section of the expressway is an important link opening further potential for Hamilton and the wider Waikato region for economic development.
The expressway is the crucial link in the future economic growth of Hamilton and our region.
With a fast-growing Auckland City on our doorstep, it means we can take full advantage of this growth - this way we can build a stronger Hamilton
Te Rapa section extends from the northwest corner of Hamilton all the way to Horotiu where it connects to the future Ngaruawahia section of the expressway.
Forty per cent of the traffic that travels on SH1 is expected to use this section of the expressway. It was completed six months ahead of schedule and was below the estimated budget of $194 million.
It will be open for the public to celebrate. The timetable is planned for a Sports Waikato fun run/walk from 8-10am with formal opening celebrations from 11-noon. The Prime Minister John Key and Gerry Brownlee, the Minister of Transport, will cut the ribbon.
When completed, the Waikato Expressway will provide 102km of a four-lane highway from the Bombay Hills to just south of Cambridge.
It is being built in 11 sections with the next to open the Ngaruawahia section which is due to be completed in the New Year.
Following this, the major sections left to be completed will be the Hamilton, Huntly and Cambridge bypasses.
The Cambridge bypass is due to start next year and the Hamilton and Huntly bypasses are due to be contracted in 2015.
This infrastructural investment by taxpayers is a tremendous economic boost to our region but its real affect will be felt for many years in the future as it will be the key to building a prosperous and growing Hamilton City going forward.