The CityEdge Alliance consortium has delivered the design and construction of the Hamilton Section. This is comprised of Beca, Fletcher Construction Company Ltd, Higgins Contractors Ltd, Coffey Engineering Limited, Hick Bros and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. For everyone involved in the Hamilton project, it’s been great to see all this hard work and commitment realised, following a dawn blessing and project completion ceremony of the final section of the 102km Waikato Expressway lastweek.Following this opening, the expressway will be the key strategic transport corridor for the Waikato region, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty. The expressway is intended to significantly reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes on this stretch of the highway network, remove heavy freight from other parts of the Waikato, reduce travel times between Auckland and Tīrau by 35 minutes, and ease traffic congestion within smaller communities like Huntly, Ngāruawāhia and Cambridge.The Hamilton stretch of four-lane highway connects the Ngāruawāhia section in the north to Tamahere in the south and is the last piece of the expressway that stretches from Auckland to Cambridge.A multi-discipline Beca team from offices across New Zealand provided civil and structural design, geometric, stormwater, environmental, and landscape design as part of the CityEdge Alliance, who delivered the contract. In collaboration with our Alliance partners, Beca contributed 325,000 of the 4.2 million hours worked on the project.Waka Kotahi partnered with Waikato-Tainui on developing a plan before the Hamilton project started, strongly focused on environmental and cultural concerns and outcomes.The Hamilton section was the largest roading project ever undertaken in the Waikato. Projects like these are guaranteed to provide some impressive statistics, and this one was no different!