Huntly Bypass

The Waikato Expressway is a key strategic transport corridor for the region that will provide a four-lane expressway from Auckland to Cambridge.
Fulton Hogan, as part of a JV with HEB, Jacobs and Opus International, is delivering the Huntly Bypass section, which is a 15.2km stretch of road with nine bridges and two interchanges.

After three seasons of earthworks, during which the teams have moved 3 million cubic metres of materials, the JV looks to complete its biggest challenge – being a 57-metre deep “box cut” at the top of the Taupiri Range.

Cutting through to the Taupiri Summit has involved a series of blasts and then moving 1.3 million cubic metres of earth and rock, which is being used mainly to fill in the deep ravines and gullies.

Crews have also finished three bridges while construction continues on the other six.

Challenges include:

  • Building a road through a significantly culturally sensitive area while working closely with iwi onsite
  • Ensuring the ecology in these sensitive areas is preserved while shifting 3.5m cubic metres of cut to fill onsite.
  • Keeping the bulk of this 3.5m cubic metres within the designation boundary.
  • Along with the nine bridges installing 35 culverts, some of which are in steep terrain.
  • Undertaking mammilian pest control in a 64ha DoC reserve and removing all feral goats from the area
  • Planting of 1.4 million trees and shrubs in time for the opening.

The project is on track to be completed in December 2019.

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LOCATION Waikato CLIENT Nzta VALUE NZ$320m START September 2015 END Late 2019 CAPABILITY Roads and Bridges, Construction, Surfacing

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