The O Mahurangi Penlink transport connection in north Auckland has passed another milestone following the construction alliance agreement.
Last Friday, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency formally announced the successful construction partners for delivering Penlink, the new two-lane, proposed toll road in North Auckland.
HEB Construction, Fulton Hogan, Aurecon and Tonkin + Taylor gathered with Waka Kotahi to formally sign the agreement that saw the group become an alliance to construct the eagerly awaited new connection.
The seven-kilometre road and shared path for people walking and on wheels is part of the Government’s $8.7 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP) and will provide better, safer, more reliable transport options for communities across Whangaparāoa, Hibiscus Coast and Silverdale.
“This milestone demonstrates the momentum we’ve built to deliver the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, securing New Zealand’s economic future and accelerating our recovery from COVID-19; projects worth almost $3 billion will be under construction when O Mahurangi Penlink starts later this year,” says Minister of Transport, Immigration, and Workplace Relations and Safety, Michael Wood.
“This project has been discussed for more than 30 years, and now, with this Government’s investment, we will get spades in the ground for O Mahurangi Penlink this year,” says Michael Wood.
“O Mahurangi Penlink is more than just a road; it is a vital connection for north Auckland, linking the Whangaparāoa Peninsula with the wider Auckland region. The road will not simply support the surrounding community through more lanes for cars; it will provide safer and more sustainable transport choices – becoming a key public transport route while also promoting walking and cycling on a separated shared path.”
“All New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects have also been set to reduce construction emissions. With alliance-led design improvements, O Mahurangi Penlink will provide superior environmental, economic and community outcomes.
“The highway will feature New Zealand’s first extradosed bridge, designed to look attractive from all viewing angles. It’s an architecturally designed connection that the community can be proud of as they cross by car, bus, on foot or bikes.
“In addition to these design improvements, the construction methodologies have also been considered and improved, with innovative and efficient solutions to reduce construction emissions and broader environmental impacts.
“The community can expect a safe road that provides better transport network resilience, improved freight links and is built to cope with the impacts of climate change when construction begins in the coming earthworks season,” says Michael Wood.
The project is expected to be completed in late 2026.
The alliance structure is similar to Fulton Hogan’s Northern Corridor Improvements (NCI) and Te Ahu a Turanga (Manawatū Tararua Highway) alliances.
Check out the conceptual fly-through
Explore the animated fly-through of the design for construction here. Please note that this is indicative only.
Source: Fulton Hogan
Source: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
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