Hamilton's Ruakura Road changes in the New Year

Motorists who use Hamilton's Ruakura Road will face some disruption in the New Year.

A section of the road will be reduced to one lane between State Highway 26/Morrinsville Road and the Vaile Road/Davison Road intersection for three months from January.

It forms part of the construction of the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway. 

A single lane for traffic travelling between Morrinsville Road and Vaile/Davison roads will be provided during the works. Motorists travelling in the opposite direction will detour via Holland Road and SH1b back to Morrinsville Road, a New Zealand Transport Agency statement said. 

The detour will add an estimated two minutes to journey times. Access to the LIC and DairyNZ offices will be maintained.

The rebuilt section of Ruakura Road will include right-turn bays into Vaile Road and Davison Road and a footpath.

A new roundabout will also be built at the Ruakura Road/Morrinsville Road intersection to improve safety.

The Hamilton section of the expressway will open in 2020.

From The Waikato Times

Ruakura Road/SH26 Morrinsville Road intersection in foreground, and the relevant section of Ruakura Road disappearing into background and connecting with the Waikato Expressway Hamilton Section works.