The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has awarded a $710M contract to the Northern Express Group to deliver and operate a new motorway in New Zealand.
The Northern Express Group will be responsible for the finance, design, construction, management and maintenance of the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway. It will be operated for 25 years following the five-year construction period.
NZTA CEO Fergus Gammie said: “State Highway 1 between Pūhoi and Warkworth is a key transport link connecting Northland to the upper North Island freight triangle of Auckland, Waikato and Tauranga.
“The Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway forms the first section of the Government’s Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance, aimed at enabling economic growth by providing a safer and more reliable transport link for the region.
“The new motorway will extend the Northern Motorway (SH1) from the Johnstone's Hill tunnels just south of Pūhoi to a point north of Warkworth.”
Construction work will commence later this year. The 18.5km motorway is expected to open to traffic by 2022.
The Northern Express Group includes the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Public Infrastructure Partners II LP (managed by Morrison & Co PIP), Acciona Concesiones and Fletcher Building.
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