BoP’s biggest roading project underway

In News1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineDecember 3, 2021

Fulton Hogan and HEB Joint Venture have been awarded the Takitimu North Link roading project in the Bay of Plenty.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency director regional relationships, David Speirs, said the Takitimu North Link will provide an alternative route for drivers, improve safety and accessibility, and provide more transport choice for communities on the important corridor.

“This is a huge investment into the Bay of Plenty, and one of the largest projects within the New Zealand Upgrade Programme,” he said.

“We are now into the construction phase of the project, with enabling works underway, essential ecological and environmental investigations continuing, and main construction beginning this summer.”

The five-year project includes 3,000,000m3 of earthworks as well as the construction of eight bridges, 29 culverts, eight stream diversions and seven wetlands.

The design portion of the contract was awarded in May 2021, and contractors FH/HEB JV have since progressed site investigations, technical assessments, and detailed design.

“The contract was split into two parts, design and construct, allowing the design to continue while property negotiations were completed. The progress with land acquisition over the past 18 months has brought us to the construction phase,” said Speirs.

“Fulton Hogan and HEB Joint Venture bring significant experience to the project, having previously built the Tauranga Eastern Link. They are ready to hit the ground running this summer and enabling works are already underway.”