This project will
Connect Peacocke to the rest of the city
Prioritise public transport, pedestrians and people on bikes
Protect the health of our river and wildlife
A key part of a wider transport network planned for the Peacocke neighbourhood, the new bridge over the Waikato River, is set to open in late 2023. Construction of the bridge and surrounding transport network is budgeted to cost $135 million.
The bridge features:
The surrounding transport network features:
Peacocke and up to 20,000 future residents will need good connections to the rest of the city and the wider region. The new bridge and the new pedestrian- bike- and public transport-friendly road network provides this integration of Peacocke into Hamilton.
November 2020Work by HEB construction began on the bridge and surrounding network.
2023The bridge and surrounding transport network are set to open in late 2023.
The new bridge to Peacocke marked an exciting milestone in May 2022 as work was completed to install two steel structures for the central support for the bridge. The steel structures weigh more than 200 tonnes each (that's 200,000kg!) and are being lifted into place by one of the largest crawler cranes in the country. In July 2022, HEB Construction won Lift of the Year at the 2022 NZ Crane Awards! The top award recognised the complex and unique crane lift to form the central pier.
Construction of the bridge and surrounding transport network is budgeted to cost $135 million. This is funded through the Government's Housing Infrastructure Fund, made up of a $180.3 million 10-year interest-free loan and $110.1 million of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency subsidies.
We're continuing with earthworks to shape the ground for future roads to be built. In some cases you might see us stockpiling some of the dirt so we can use this to build future roads and landscaping. We do our best to manage dust in the dry summer season using water trucks.
Traffic management is in place at various points along Peacockes Road to provide safe work areas while we continue to make progress as quickly and safely as we can. Much of our work requires traffic restrictions to one lane or temporary road closures. We will continue to maintain safe access for pedestrians and people on bikes.
Soon we'll be diverting Peacockes Road traffic onto a temporary road to allow us more room to build the new roundabout.
There's a temporary new intersection at the corner of Weston Lea Drive and Peacockes Road, opposite Peacockes Lane. This is unsealed for now so residents on Weston Lea Drive can access their properties while we continue with our work.
We're closing off sections of Weston Lea Drive to all traffic so we can install new stormwater, wastewater, and water pipes for future development in the area. Closing sections of the road at a time allows room for our machinery to complete this work as quickly and safely as possible.
Last updated 5 July 2022