The project involves upgrades to State Highway 1 (SH1) between Papakura and Drury South.
The original scope of the works between Papakura and Drury South included:
- 10 kilometres of motorway widening to three lanes in each direction
- replacement, raising or widening of motorway bridges
- a new interchange at Drury South, which will also connect in with the new Mill Road corridor
- interchange improvements at Papakura (including a new southbound on-ramp) and Drury
- improved local road connections and community access along and across the motorway
- nine kilometres of walking and cycling paths on the northbound side, and
- widening of motorway shoulders.
The project was planned to be delivered in stages. The first stage includes widening the SH1 to three lanes in each direction from Papakura interchange to Otūwairoa (Slippery Creek), replacement of the Park Estate Road Bridge and a new noise wall.
While the complete project scope was previously funded through New Zealand Upgrade Program (NZUP), a re-evaluation completed in June 2021 resulted in Stage Two being deferred from NZUP.
Corridor protection for a future stage between South Drury to Bombay was also included in the scope of the original project. However, there are no plans to progress this section of works for the foreseeable future.
|Procuring Agency:||Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency|
|Successful Tenderer:||Stage One - Fulton Hogan|
|Apr 2018||The four-kilometre upgrade was included as a new project in the transport investment priorities of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project, for the 2018-2028 decade.|
|Jun 2019||The design and consenting phase began to refine the preferred option and route, and prepare consent applications.|
|Jan 2020||New Zealand Government announced $423 million in funding for the project, as part of the NZ Upgrade Program|
|May 2020||The NZ Transport Agency issued a Notice of Information seeking registrations of interest from prequalified constructors for the project. The NOI noted that final tendering of the contract will be by invitation to contractors registered through this Advanced Notice process.|
|Jun 2020||The New Zealand Government announced the project's resource consenting process will be fast-tracked as part of the COVID-19 Recovery Bill, reducing consenting time to 45 to 70 working days.|
|Mar 2021||Contract for the first package of works under Stage One was awarded to Fulton Hogan.|
|Mar 2021||The 2021-31 investment package of the Auckland Transport Alingment Project included Papakura to Drury South project as a fully funded commitment.|
|Apr 2021||Construction of Stage One commenced.|
|Jun 2021||Following a re-evaluation of the New Zealand Upgrade Program, Stage Two of the project was deferred from the program's scope. Whether Stage Two would proceed through a different funding stream was not confirmed.|