Work on Kahikatea Drive traffic lights project ramping up, expect delays


Work to install traffic lights at the Kahikatea Drive-Gallagher Drive intersection in Hamilton is about to ramp up, as contractors work to tie in the new lanes and start asphalting.

NZ Transport Agency contractors have spent the last few months completing all of the work they can do behind barriers and now need to move out into the lanes.

The Transport Agency says the night-time works, which will require lane closures, speed restrictions and stop/go traffic management, will impact traffic. Travellers are advised to expect short delays.

The project, which sees SH1 widened to accommodate traffic signals, will greatly improve safety at one of the city’s busiest intersections.

On Friday 22 July, contractors will be reconstructing a portion of the existing road between Gallagher Drive and the railway lines on the north-bound lane.

Traffic will be managed through the works under stop/go from 7.30pm on Friday night until 8am on Saturday morning.  

The widened intersection at Kahikatea Drive and Gallagher Drive will be asphalted in sections over several nights from Sunday 24 July to Thursday 28 July.

This work will involve stop/go each night and during the day the site will be under a speed restriction due to the uneven surface. It will be completed on Sunday 31 July to Tuesday 2 August, again under stop/go.

The new traffic signals will be installed between 2-4 August, along with road detector loops, again at night under stop/go.

All dates are weather-dependent. The lights are expected to be operating in late August.

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