18,5Km

highway

ACCIONA's first project in New Zealand

Construction of 18.5 kilometres of highway with four lanes between Puhoi and Warkworth with 110 km design speed.

The project includes the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the SH1 Highway Expansion in northern Auckland.

 

The public-private partnership (PPP) contract award to build the stretch of the Puhoi-Warkworth highway is ACCIONA's first project in New Zealand, which consists of the 18.5-kilometre four-lane North Highway extension from Johnstone Hills tunnels to North Warkworth.

 

This is the first stretch within the Ara Tūhono - Puhoi to Wellsford passage, which will contribute to the economic growth of the Northland region and provide a more reliable and secure transportation link with the triangle formed by the cities of Auckland, Waikato and Tauranga. Traffic from the Puhoi to Warkworth highway is scheduled to open in 2022.

 

CURRENT STATUS

 

Click here to visit the project website or view a construction update here.

General Information

  • Location: Warkworth, New Zealand 
  • Our Role: Design, Construct, Finance, and Maintenance
  • Infrastructure: Design and construction of 18.5km highway
  • Project Value: AU $676million 
  • Estimated Completion Date: Mid 2022
  • Maintenance Period: 25 years

KEY FEATURES

The building of the motorway involves design and construction of the 18.5km road from Puhoi to Warkworth, consisting of four lanes from the Johnstone Hills tunnels to the north of Warkworth, which will be the first section of the Ara Tuhono.

  • NX2 proposal complies with NZTA’s design, constructions and operational outcomes

  • Improved safety for the new highway with our new Operating Speed design, which is designed to ensure on average each vehicle is travelling at its maximum performance, exclusive of stops and traffic conditions

  • Predictable journey’s will be established through constructing grade-separated infrastructure, while using SIDRA traffic modelling to determine volume caps for traffic movement using micro simulation

  • The Transport Agency is a primary key Stakeholder, meeting P2Wk’s consenting and regulatory requirements through the Urban and Landscape Design Framework, including the involvement of stakeholders and communities through the Urban Design and Landscape Sector Plan process

  • Optimized pavement through optioneering by minimal expense on maintenance through pavement resurfacing and rehabilitation which will contribute to a high quality asset

BENEFITS

  • Enhanced safety and motorway resilience

  • Supports economic and population growth

  • More reliable travel times through the construction of grade-separated infrastructure

  • Improved freight connection for Northland to the Upper North Island freight triangle (Auckland, Waikato and Tauranga)

  • The requirements of the Urban and Landscape Design Framework integrates in the sensitive landscape, minimizing the impact on the Kauri forest alongside its native species of flora and fauna

  • The southern section of heritage significance for Hokai Nuku and this has been considered in the alignment and conception of the Okahu and Puhoi Viaducts

Key figures

18,5

km of two-lane highway

100

km/h design speed

7

long viaducts

4

bridges

40

drainage collectors in two basins: Pūhoi and Mahurangi River.

8M

cubic metres of earthmoving for clearing

6.2M

cubic metres of earthmoving of embankments.

Technology and innovation

Geometric optimisation

Acciona was awarded the project in 2016 by the New Zealand Transport Agency after an 8-month competitive dialogue process where engineering value was considered one of the Client's main criteria. 

Geometric optimisation guided the design throughout the process based on a cost-effective solution using a field-adjusted curvilinear alignment where the operating speed criteria allowed for the best design. A consequence of the terrain-adapted geometry is that the new alignment offered fewer structures and shorter viaducts. The final result was a reduced total length of structures from 2,350 m in the Conceptual Design to approx. 800 m long in the final design.

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