After 18 months of technical assessment and detailed design, the Fulton Hogan/HEB JV has been awarded the construction contract for the Western Bay of Plenty’s Takitimu North Link.
This project will support urban development in the region by improving accessibility. It will also relieve neighbouring towns from heavy freight traffic, thereby enhancing safety.
The works, worth NZ$655 million, are scheduled to take around five years. They will involve three million cubic metres of earthworks, eight bridges, 29 culverts, eight stream diversions and the development of seven wetlands. They cover the construction of a new 2×2 lane road, together with cyclist and pedestrian paths. At the peak of construction, up to 400 people will be employed on the worksite.
Archaeological and environmental monitoring will be carried out during the preparatory works phase. Seven new wetlands will be created and endemic fauna (fish, insects, birds, lizards and bats) will be protected.
Tony Gallagher, JV project director, says the team is ready to go, and brings significant joint local experience, having already built the Tauranga Eastern Link.
Source: VINCI, Fulton Hogan
The Takitimu North Link project will connect Tauranga and Ōmokoroa with a new 14-kilometre four-lane corridor between State Highway 29 Takitimu Drive Toll Road and State Highway 2 Ōmokoroa intersection. It will significantly improve safety and ease congestion and will be constructed in two phases.
The Takitimu North Link project is part of the $8.7 billion Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme for road, rail, public transport and walking and cycling infrastructure.
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