The Government has written another transport cheque, this time for more than $1.5 billion of funding to complete the Waikato Expressway.
It follows yesterday’s lolly scramble of bridges across the Northland electorate.
The expressway project has crossed a chasm in every sense. The Karapiro Gully is the biggest challenge of the fourth section of the Waikato Expressway, and after 16 months of effort it has finally been spanned.
“This is a huge milestone for the project,” says HEB Construction’s Gary Budden. “This is the biggest bridge on the Waikato Expressway and it connects the project up for the north and south sections.”
The bridge’s construction marks the midpoint of the expressway project, now designated as a road of national significance.
The bridge stands just three metres lower than the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It is constructed with 36 50-metre beams and held together with 23,000 bolts.
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