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Project introduction

This project addresses the road’s high crash history.

  • Estimated project cost

    $6 million
  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status


Project updates

Project information

This project addresses the road’s high crash history. Drivers losing control on bends, crossing the centreline and running off the road are the most common types of crash on the route. Roadside hazards such as trees, power poles, ditches and drop-offs along the corridor mean there’s a high likelihood that drivers who run off the road will suffer severe injury or death.

The project will see side barriers installed in locations where there is a high risk of run-off-road crashes, widened centrelines installed to reduce the risk of head-on crashes and signage and road markings improved. The visibility of the roundabout on the northbound exit off the expressway on SH1 between Orini Road, Taupiri and the Gordonton interchange will also be improved.

Project timeline

Section 1 – between Taupiri and the Ngāruawāhia section of Waikato Expressway completed April 2017

Section 2 – from Taupiri to the Ballard Road intersection completed April 2017

Section 3 – from Ballard Road intersection to Taylor Road (excluding Gordonton Village) to be completed late 2018/early 2019


Increased safety on the route, resulting in fewer deaths and serious injuries.

Overview plan

Overview plan

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Note: Estimates are revised periodically. This is the estimate at December 2018.