• The NZ Transport Agency says the first four kilometres of the $230 million Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway is almost complete.

    The Northern Interchange Bridge will open to traffic for the first time, taking State Highway 1 traffic up and over the Expressway, while traffic heading towards Hamilton will travel on the north-bound Expressway lanes.

    The project is part of the Waikato Expressway, one of seven Roads of National Significance (RoNS) identified by the government as key to unlocking New Zealand’s potential for economic growth.

    The Cambridge section is expected to reduce journey times between Cambridge and Hamilton by approximately five minutes and during peak times up to 10 minutes. It will also make this stretch of SH1 safer for all motorists.

    When complete, the Waikato Expressway will be the key transport corridor for the region, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty.