The project involves upgrades to State Highway 1 (SH1) between Papakura and Drury South. The project will connect with recently completed improvements further north on the Southern Corridor.
The scope of the works between Papakura and Drury South includes:
- 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 is being 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. Further works through Stages One and Two of the project will be procured progressively, subject to planning and other approvals.
Corridor protection for a future stage between South Drury to Bombay is also included in the scope of the project. However, there are no plans to progress this section of works in the coming years.
The project forms part of the NZ Upgrade Program, which includes a NZ$6.8 billion (A$6.3 billion) investment package of transport projects across roads, public transport, and active transport infrastructure.
|Mar 2021||Contract awarded for first stage of works|
|Apr 2021||Construction Commencement|
|Dec 2025||Expected Construction Completion|
|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.|