The Southern Motorway connects Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. The New Zealand government has recognised the high volume of vehicle traffic travelling down this Southern Corridor per day, and has pledged over $100 million to upgrade the motorway.
The project will start in late 2015 and improvements will include:
- One additional southbound lane between SH20 and Papakura
- One additional northbound lane between Papaki Mura and Takanini
- Takanini Interchange upgrade
Designs are still underway to include a walking and cycling path, decreasing the carbon footprint.
The completed upgrade will provide more efficient motorways and faster transport services:
- More lanes to improve traffic flow
- Improved journey time reliability on the Southern Motorway
- Upgraded Takanini Interchange to provide easier and safer access to the motorway
- Improved connections between the local roads and state highway network to ease congestion
- Better connections for freight and public transport
- Improved walking and cycling facilities to connect communities
- Safer barriers and more efficient lighting
- Improved noise walls, urban design and landscaping
- Improved stormwater treatment options
A project as big as the Southern Corridor upgrade offers promising opportunities, not only to the surrounding communities but to companies within the construction industry.