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Road maintenance

Higgins proudly holds maintenance contracts managing state highways as well as urban and rural roads for central and local government authorities.

Road maintenance

Higgins proudly holds maintenance contracts managing state highways as well as urban and rural roads for central and local government authorities.

Using the latest technology we monitor our network assets in real time for strong whole of life asset planning and strong client collaboration.

Our asset management teams look after all aspects of road maintenance from ‘fenceline to fenceline’ to ensure safe and efficient road networks. That means we’re doing work from cutting grass, clearing culverts and filling potholes, right through to resurfacing and everything in between.

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RiverLink

RiverLink will deliver crucial flood protection and river restoration work, improvements to public transport, walking and cycling routes, local roads and the SH2 Melling Interchange for the local comm...

RiverLink

RiverLink will deliver crucial flood protection and river restoration work, improvements to public transport, walking and cycling routes, local roads and the SH2 Melling Interchange for the local community. It will also help revitalise Lower Hutt’s city centre.   

Mana Whenua have gifted the name of Te Wai Takamori o Te Awa Kairangi – The Soothing Waters of Te Awa Kairangi to the Alliance that will deliver the project previously referred to as RiverLink. The RiverLink project was planned, consulted on and consented between 2019-2021. Elements of the RiverLink programme being delivered by the Alliance will be delivered under the new name.

The Alliance is a partnership between iwi Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika and Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, AECOM and Fletcher.

The RiverLink programme is expected to begin main construction in late 2023 and be completed in 2027.

Client Te Wai Takamori o Te Awa Kairangi - RiverLink Alliance
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Eastern Busway from Pakuranga to Botany

We've begun construction on stages two, three and four of Auckland’s Eastern Busway.

Eastern Busway from Pakuranga to Botany

We've begun construction on stages two, three and four of Auckland’s Eastern Busway. This will see the busway extended from Pakuranga towards Botany, giving better transport options for Auckland's eastern suburbs. In April 2023, we celebrated the project sod turning.

The project is being delivered by the Eastern Busway Alliance of Fletcher Construction, Acciona, AECOM and Jacobs in partnership with mana whenua, Auckland Transport (AT), Auckland Council and Waka Kotahi. Higgins will be working on the project’s pavements, asphalt and traffic management.

In December 2021, the Panmure to Pakuranga stage was finished and this next 6km stage - connecting the Pakuranga and Botany town centres - will take about four and a half years to complete.

The project will include new paths for walking and cycling, placemaking, urban renewal initiatives and improvements for general traffic. A number of significant bridges will be constructed including a 590m long Reeves Road Flyover around the Pakuranga Shopping Plaza to connect Pakuranga Road to the South Eastern Arterial Highway.

The Eastern Busway project benefits:

  • Better connections and sustainable travel options for walkers, cyclists, motorists, bus and train customers
  • A reliable 40-minute bus and train trip between Botany Town Centre and Britomart, saving 20 minutes
  • 12km of safe and separated walking and cycling routes
  • 5km of busway between Pakuranga and Botany fully separated from other traffic
  • Five new bus stations with quality facilities
  • Reeves Road Flyover reducing congestion around Pakuranga Town Centre
  • 24,000 more people with access to a bus station within 1km from home
Client Auckland Transport
Completed Under construction
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Rangiuru Business Park Interchange

The Rangiuru Business Park is majority-owned by Quayside Properties Ltd and is the largest greenfield consented industrial zone in the Bay of Plenty, comprising 148 hectares to be developed over four ...

Rangiuru Business Park Interchange

The Rangiuru Business Park is majority-owned by Quayside Properties Ltd and is the largest greenfield consented industrial zone in the Bay of Plenty, comprising 148 hectares to be developed over four stages. 

Higgins is responsible for the motorway interchange project, which is a $60M, 35-hectare diamond interchange, and part of stage one Park works.  It will provide direct entry to the Business Park from the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road (TEL TR), and connects future residential developments in the east, to the Business Park in the west.

Higgins was awarded this project in October 2022 and work got underway in November, with the completion due at the end of 2024.

Client Rangiuru Business Park
Budget $60 million
Completed Under construction
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SH2 Masterton to Carterton safety improvement project

The SH2 Masterton to Carterton Safety Improvement Project creates three new roundabouts – the Ngaumutawa roundabout just south of Masterton and the Norfolk and Wiltons roundabouts south of the Waingaw...

SH2 Masterton to Carterton safety improvement project

The SH2 Masterton to Carterton Safety Improvement Project creates three new roundabouts – the Ngaumutawa roundabout just south of Masterton and the Norfolk and Wiltons roundabouts south of the Waingawa bridge. It also included a safe turnaround facility just north of Carterton, areas of road widening, and the installation of approximately 5.7km of median wire rope barriers. 

The overall project spans from the Ngaumutawa Road/SH2 intersection, also known as the 'heavy traffic bypass' just south of Masterton, through to just north of Carterton.

Due to the traffic volumes on State Highway 2, the project initially planned to detour traffic via Hughes Lane and be complete by the end of August 2023. The detour was rejected by local councils, so we changed to a 24-hour operation. Less intrusive works were during daytime, while works requiring stop/go traffic management performed during nightshifts. 

Most preliminary works were completed between April and July 2022, and the main construction work started during August 2022 with the construction of the Wiltons roundabout, followed by the construction of the Norfolk and Ngaumutawa roundabouts.  Construction of the roundabouts was carried out at the same time as the turnaround facility, road widening works and the installation of the median wire rope barriers. The project was completed in early September 2023, only three days later than the original date despite the design changes needed to avoid the Hughes Lane detour. 

Final pavement work is ongoing through November and December 2023 to ensure all the finishing works are completed in warmer months.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Completed Under construction
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State Highway 4 Auraki Stream Road Retreat

This project was the final major piece of SH4 restoration work following major flooding in the Whanganui region in 2015.

State Highway 4 Auraki Stream Road Retreat

This project was the final major piece of SH4 restoration work following major flooding in the Whanganui region in 2015. It saw us relocate a section of the state highway away from where a slip occurred into the Mangawhero River.

The surrounding area has significance to Mana Whenua, so we liaised with three iwi representatives before and during construction, to make sure remediation was done sensitively.

The team also placed a lot of importance on protecting the environment. The site had four sediment retention ponds with other decanting earth bunds, as well as a lot of silt fencing to control site run-off. With the site bordered by drains, streams and rivers we had little room for error.

A further challenge was that the road was being used by commuters while repairs were underway. We established a smart traffic light at each end of the construction site for the duration of the project with one lane closure being implemented for the majority of work. No major traffic incidents occurred during the project.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Completed June 2023
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Pūhoi to Warkworth
Pūhoi to Warkworth

The Pūhoi to Warkworth project extended the four-lane Northern Motorway (SH1) 18.5km from the Johnstones Hill tunnels to just north of Warkworth.

It is the first stage of the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance. By delivering a more efficient, resilient and safer connection between Pūhoi and Warkworth, the new motorway will improve journey times (especially during peak holiday periods and weekends) and freight efficiency, driving regional economic growth.

Under a PPP contract, the Northern Express Group (NX2) financed, designed, constructed, managed and will maintain the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway for 25 years following the construction period.  After the 25-year period, NX2 will return the highway to the project’s client, the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

NX2 is made up of companies with considerable experience in the design, construction, finance, maintenance and management of key infrastructure projects in New Zealand and overseas. NX2’s equity investors are the Accident Compensation Corporation and Public Infrastructure Partners II LP (managed by Morrison & Co PIP Limited), Acciona Concesiones and Fletcher Building.

Construction on the new motorway started in October 2016.

Design & Construct Phase – Five years with the new motorway opening in 2023. Constructors are Fletcher Construction / Acciona Infrastructure JV. Higgins was contracted to provide road construction and paving services.

Asset Management & Maintenance Phase – 25 years. Higgins and Acciona (working together as P2W Services) have the 25-year maintenance contract. They are the first team in NZ to receive the ISO 55001 Asset Management certification on a road maintenance contract. Taking an active approach to lifecycle asset management, ISO 55001 Asset Management certification helps the team manage the processes and risks in the maintenance of the assets on the motorway.

 

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $709.5 million
Completed June 2023
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Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway

The Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway forms a key part of the improvements to the Wellington Northern Corridor.

Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway

The Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway forms a key part of the improvements to the Wellington Northern Corridor. The Transmission Gully motorway, Mackays to Peka Peka (M2PP) and Peka Peka to Ōtaki (PP2Ō) expressways are sections to improve roading north of Wellington Airport.

The PP2Ō four-lane grade separated road makes up half of the ‘Kāpiti Expressway’ and connects to the M2PP Expressway in the south. It was an important project for the Kāpiti community and the wider Wellington region to provide a safe, efficient and resilient route for people and vehicles to travel in and out of the capital city. 

The Expressway is a vital part of an integrated transport system for the region —facilitating local trips and providing more transport choices around the area.

The project was undertaken as a Joint Venture (JV) between Fletcher Construction and Higgins who carried out the construction planning and main work, with Goodmans Contractors providing earthworks and Brian Perry Civil doing the bridge piling. The project scope included two partial interchanges, nine kilometres of new local roads, 1.5 kilometres of rail realignment, nine bridges, 42 culverts, over 1.5 million cubic metres of earthworks, 4000 tonnes of steel, 17,500 cubic metres of concrete, and a new shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.

The expressway project has a number of other key features, including:

  • bridge artwork and cultural features significant to local iwi and the Ōtaki community
  • an overbridge at Te Horo to link School Road and Gear Road with Te Horo Beach Road
  • overbridges just north of Ōtaki allowing Ōtaki Gorge Road to pass over the expressway and railway
  • a 1.3km Ōtaki railway realignment
  • a vehicle overbridge at Rahui Road crossing the expressway and the railway line
  • a 330m-long four-lane Ōtaki River bridge located east of the Ōtaki River rail bridge
  • an underpass at Taylors Road to improve safety and provide access for local residents
  • heritage features such as the relocated historic Mirek Smišek pottery kilns.
Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $330 million
Completed December 2022
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Motu River Scour emergency works

The stretch of State Highway 35 between Ōpōtiki and Te Kaha collapsed due to severe rain events during mid-July 2022,, isolating the population of approximately 10,000 on the East Coast from crucial f...

Motu River Scour emergency works

The stretch of State Highway 35 between Ōpōtiki and Te Kaha collapsed due to severe rain events during mid-July 2022,, isolating the population of approximately 10,000 on the East Coast from crucial food supplies and emergency services.

Higgins quickly gathered a competent team comprised of local suppliers and subcontractors on an emergency basis. Blessed with karakia, the Higgins-led team worked tirelessly to reinstate the road within just three days, to reconnect the communities with essential services, and five days to open a single-lane road for 24-7 access for the public.

In delivering the permanent repair of the embankment on the Motu River and damaged road, Higgins also delivered broader outcomes, particularly in contributing to the local economy, reducing carbon footprint and waste, upskilling local subcontractors as well as engaging with Te Whānau-ā-Apanui (local iwi).

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $2.8 million
Completed December 2022
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Warkworth Community Transport Hub

Higgins delivers regular work for Auckland Transport, and recently this included construction of a Park and Ride facility at 80 Great North Road, Warkworth.

Warkworth Community Transport Hub

Higgins delivers regular work for Auckland Transport, and recently this included construction of a Park and Ride facility at 80 Great North Road, Warkworth.

This transport hub included construction of a carpark, two toilet blocks, signalised pedestrian crossing, bus stops on State Highway 1 directly outside the park and ride site and footpath connections, lighting, CCTV installations, two raised pedestrian crossings, and a rain garden with a timber walkway, line marking and signage.

To minimise the impact on surrounding stakeholders and road users, we worked closely with utility providers, and the heavy haulage industry and all the works on SH1 were done at night.

Client Auckland Transport
Budget $3.7 million
Completed September 2022
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Dome Valley safety improvement project

Higgins was contracted to undertake safety and resilience improvement works for Waka Kotahi on the Dome Valley Road, an historically dangerous 15km stretch of SH1 north of Auckland between Warkworth t...

Dome Valley safety improvement project

Higgins was contracted to undertake safety and resilience improvement works for Waka Kotahi on the Dome Valley Road, an historically dangerous 15km stretch of SH1 north of Auckland between Warkworth to Wellsford. Dome Valley is a crucial link in the region with 10,000 vehicles per day and numbers peaking during holiday periods.

It is a high-speed rural road with an alignment that consists of sharp bends and a poor line of sight. Between 2006 – 2015, 17 people died and 45 were seriously injured in crashes on this road. Most of them were high-speed head-on collisions where a vehicle crossed the centreline into oncoming traffic.

The safety improvement works were split into five sections. Stages two to five are completed. Safety improvement works included:

  • Installing flexible median safety barriers to prevent head-on crashes and creating a wide centreline so there’s more space between oncoming vehicles
  • Installing semi-rigid W-section side barriers at location where there are safety hazards that requires protections
  • Widening existing road corridor and providing shoulders for safe pull over areas.
  • Installation of new retaining structures for slope stability
  • Installation of new vector future proofing assets
  • Install new turn-around and rest areas
  • Safety improvement of Te Araroa Trail – SH1 Crossing
  • Improved stormwater assets
  • Improved existing pavement and road surfacing
  • Adding two new right-turn bays to make it safer to turn
  • Replacing the north and south-bound passing lanes with a wide shoulder so slow vehicles have room to pull over

In 2022 the Higgins’ Dome Valley project team was proud to be awarded the Project Health & Safety Award in the Civil Contractors New Zealand Northland Construction Awards. This was the second year in a row that the team have won this award.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Completed August 2022
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Phyllis Reserve carpark upgrade

Carparks such as these are regular jobs delivered by Higgins.

Phyllis Reserve carpark upgrade

Carparks such as these are regular jobs delivered by Higgins. The upgrade of the Phyllis Reserve Carpark included demolition of the existing carpark and then the construction of the new carpark in a different location so the sports fields can be upgraded at a later date. Works included reinforced concrete pavements, asbestos removal, subsoils and kerbs, footpaths, speed table construction, and the installation of an Exeloo toilet block including services.

We worked collaboratively with the Metro Mt Albert football and softball clubs, planning our works around their events, as well as covid lockdowns and design changes to deliver this new community facility.

As part of the work we installed the innovative stand-alone underground jellyfish stormwater filter system. The filter mimics jellyfish by filtering stormwater through membranes. Even when there is heavy storm-water run-off, the filter can catch pollutants including litter, oil, debris, chemicals as well as tiny silt-sized particles.

Client Auckland Council
Completed July 2022
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Waikato Expressway Hamilton section
Waikato Expressway Hamilton section

The ‘Golden Triangle’ between Auckland, Waikato and the Western Bay of Plenty is home to some of our largest industries, including dairy, forestry and tourism. These major regional economies require efficient transport networks to carry goods, people and freight between cities, ports and international markets. The faster freight, tourists and commuters can travel between these centres, the more our economy will grow – and that’s good for all New Zealanders.

The four-lane Waikato Expressway Hamilton section reduces travel time between Tirau and Auckland by 35 minutes, while improving safety. The Transport Agency has been delivering the Waikato Expressway as a package of projects over the last fifteen years.

The Hamilton section is the largest roading project ever undertaken in the Waikato, connecting to the Ngaruawahia section of the Expressway (completed by Fletcher Construction in 2013) in the north and the existing Tamahere section in the south.

The 21.8km expressway project involved four million cubic metres of earthworks, 17 bridges, five major intersections and extensive local road crossings. Building the mega project required more than 28,000 cubic metres of concrete, 212km road markings and 126km of fencing, 1.3 million tonnes of aggregate and up to 700,000 square metres of OGPA road surfacing.

Higgins was responsible for delivering around 25% of the project scope. The team provided specialist technical and contractor input; construction of the pavement and surfacing for the 21.8km section, plus approximately 6km of local road upgrades/new construction; undertake all traffic management and oversee all traffic services and utilities works.

With a number of areas of cultural significance along the alignment, the alliance worked closely with Waikato-Tainui on environmental and waahi tapu protection, archaeological interests, work in the gullies and creating training and employment opportunities.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $430 million
Completed July 2022
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Weigh Right Programme – Glasnevin

This Waka Kotahi project upgraded the existing vehicle compliance testing station at Glasnevin in Canterbury as part of the Weigh Right Programme (WRP) that supports improvements to the policing of ov...

Weigh Right Programme – Glasnevin

This Waka Kotahi project upgraded the existing vehicle compliance testing station at Glasnevin in Canterbury as part of the Weigh Right Programme (WRP) that supports improvements to the policing of overweight vehicles.

The project scope included site clearance, minor earthworks, the installation of a new 50m-long concrete weigh bridge, extension of the existing compliance building, construction of a vehicle testing shed, drainage, power and telecommunication services, fencing, road and footpath construction and landscaping.

Our team worked to tight design tolerances, accommodated multiple design changes and worked collaboratively with the Waka Kotahi, designers, subcontractor, the trucking industry and the NZ Police to deliver this first future proofed facility with minimal disruption. 

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Completed March 2022
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Dyers Pass Road safety improvements

The safety improvements on Dyers Pass Road were designed to reduce the risk of driver error resulting in death or serious injury, by installing approximately 3km of guardrail in high-risk locations.

Dyers Pass Road safety improvements

The safety improvements on Dyers Pass Road were designed to reduce the risk of driver error resulting in death or serious injury, by installing approximately 3km of guardrail in high-risk locations. 

Dyers Pass Road links Christchurch city and Lyttelton Harbour over the Port Hills. The 5.9km route comprises a narrow two-lane road with very narrow shoulders on a winding alignment at steep grades, with a busy mountain bike track below it. The route has high crash rate with high injury severity due to the terrain. There is no nearby alternative route.

Before this project, side barriers were already in place on 23% of the length of Dyers Pass Road, yet there had still been six deaths and seven serious injuries on the road in the previous five years. Five of those crashes could have been prevented with side barriers, motorcycle under-runs and wider shoulders.

Our work involved milling out the road shoulder to remove overhanging rocks and constructing a retaining wall system to help support and widen the road where the barrier would be installed. We also sealed the newly created road shoulder, pouring channel to manage drainage, and installing a culvert at Cashmere Stream to address a stormwater issue.

There were nine sites in total over the 5.9kms, six on the city side of the Port Hills between Sign of the Takahe and Sign of the Kiwi café, and three over the hills towards Governors Bay.

Unexpectedly soft soil conditions allowed us to innovate by using a NZ manufactured retaining system that meant we could build faster and more safely, and keep one lane open for traffic.

Client Christchurch City Council
Budget $7.25 million
Completed October 2021
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Whirokino Trestle and Manawatū Bridge
Whirokino Trestle and Manawatū Bridge

Two new SH1 structures were needed to cross the Moutoa Floodway and Manawatū River to replace the existing Whirokino Trestle and the Manawatū River Bridge.

Brian Perry Civil’s planning and risk management skills ensured the 680m Whirokino Trestle and 200m Manawatū River Bridge were completed ten months ahead of the original schedule. A wide range of BPC’s specialist ground engineering techniques were required due to the extremely wide structure being founded in many variable soils.

One hundred and fifteen continuous super tee beams were also made in BPC’s Otaihanga precast yard and installed on the river by one of the country’s largest 600T crawler cranes. BPC’s in-house geotechnical expertise was employed for work in the floodway and river channel through an innovative temporary works design to facilitate the safe execution of the work.

Prioritising stakeholder engagement helped mitigate some significant risks that came with the project. The team worked closely with Horizons Council on the flooding risk, and trusted relationships were built with local iwi, who had representatives on site whenever topsoil was being stripped.  Environmental awareness was also instilled in the crew and an ecologist engaged to help protect the area, including the relocating eels to a safe site before any backfilling.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $54 million
Completed July 2021
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North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR)
North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR)

In 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Kaikoura, causing major damage to road and rail networks. Higgins was a member of the alliance formed to repair the links, known as the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR). Other members included Waka Kotahi, KiwiRail, Fulton Hogan, Downer and HEB Construction.
 
Most of the earthquake damage was on a section of coastline approximately 30km north and 30km south of Kaikōura. The earthquake caused more than 30 major slips that covered the road and rail network. Approximately 1 million cubic metres of material had to be moved. Multiple road and rail bridges were damaged by the quake and 24 tunnels were damaged. The estimated cost of the repair was $1.25 billion. 
 
With considerable grit and determination, the Alliance team met all of their targeted milestones to date and received industry acclaim for their ability to solve problems, work collaboratively in an expert way to achieve the mammoth logistical challenges and targets. 
 
The NCTIR project was recognised for project delivery excellence by both industry and the community with two significant awards. The alliance was named as the winner of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) 2018 People’s Choice Award, beating projects from around the globe. This is an award that requires public voting and demonstrates the significance of the project to the lives of New Zealanders. 
 
The NCTIR project also received the prestigious Rail Technical Society of Australasia’s Biennial Project Award, for reopening the Main North Rail Line between Blenheim and Christchurch just nine months after the 7.8 magnitude Kaikōura earthquake. The judging panel described the Main North Line earthquake recovery project as an “Inspiring example of how railway people respond energetically and successfully to the most severe challenges.” 

Client North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) Alliance
Completed March 2020
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Waikato Freight Hub Overbridge

This project in Horotiu, Hamilton involved the construction and extension of Gateway Drive from Evolution Drive to Lot 16 via a 120m long, multi-span road bridge over the North Island Main Trunk Railw...

Waikato Freight Hub Overbridge

This project in Horotiu, Hamilton involved the construction and extension of Gateway Drive from Evolution Drive to Lot 16 via a 120m long, multi-span road bridge over the North Island Main Trunk Railway (NIMTR).

Higgins delivered earthworks, embankment fills, ground improvement, mechanically stabilised earth (MSE) block retaining walls, pavement construction, three waters networks, utility ducting, footpaths, landscaping and large scale environmental controls that included the upgrade of a wetlands area for stormwater retention.

The focal point of the project was the construction of the multi-span bridge over the KiwiRail NIMTR, while the rail line was operational. The entire bridge construction, including the pile foundations, was delivered by Fletcher Construction companies.

This section formed part of a much larger construction project that includes the development of a future industrial and inland port area with 1km of new roads and all local infrastructure designed to support multiple business facilities.

Due to close proximity of the site to a waterway, significant environmental controls were built and maintained for the life of the project.

Client Ports of Auckland Limited
Budget $18 million
Completed May 2019
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The Lakes Development Subdivision

The Lakes Development, Tauranga is a 254ha green-field mixed residential and commercial development that was completed in three stages over 13 contracts.

The Lakes Development Subdivision

The Lakes Development, Tauranga is a 254ha green-field mixed residential and commercial development that was completed in three stages over 13 contracts.

Higgins managed the earthworks, drainage, roading, surfaces, utilities, streetscape, landscaping, playground construction, and commercial complex from Stage 2 to facilitate roading, carpark, reserves, accessways, footpaths and other amenities associated with this development project.

Client Carrus Corporation
Budget $38 million
Completed 2018
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Te Ara Kahikatea - Whakatu Arterial Link

Te Ara Kahikatea was the largest roading project in Hawke’s Bay since the Napier-Hastings expressway built in 2002.

Te Ara Kahikatea - Whakatu Arterial Link

Te Ara Kahikatea was the largest roading project in Hawke’s Bay since the Napier-Hastings expressway built in 2002. The objective of the 3.5km road was to enhance and improve the safety and efficiency of the transport network across the region.

Scope of works involved building two roundabouts and a 2.85km connecting road between them including:

• Complex traffic management to keep both SH2 and Pakowhai Road functioning

• Diversion and relocations of gas, 3 waters, electricity and telecommunications

• Environmental controls, including protection of the nearby Karamu Stream.

The cost of the road was $25.2m, and completed within budget. A contributing factor to this budget was Higgins pavement construction. In partnership with the Engineer and HDC, a thorough review of pavement and asphalt make up was undertaken immediately following tender award. This highlighted further opportunities for Higgins to provide more value engineering to HDC which provided increased pavement and surfacing life, reduced whole of life costs and improved value for money. 

Client Hastings District Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Completed November 2018
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Watchman Road / Kuaka Gateway

This project won two industry awards in 2019.

Watchman Road / Kuaka Gateway

This project won two industry awards in 2019. The first was the IPWEA Award in the category for projects over $5m, and the second was the CCNZ Award in the category for projects $5m - $20m.

Officially opened in September 2018, the Kuaka Gateway was designed to improve safety at one of the country’s most dangerous intersections (SH2-SH2B), unlock economic growth and create an iconic northern gateway for Napier and the Heretaunga Plains.

In 2016, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) allocated funding to design and construct an improved intersection and access to the Napier Airport. In April 2017, Higgins started construction. The project's major challenges included a very demanding timeframe as well as an extremely high-profile and a sensitive environmental site location.

Key project objectives involved safety and environmental outcomes. The design was the result of close collaboration between NZTA and its partners, the Napier City Council, Hawke’s Bay Airport, Māna Ahuriri Trust and Ngāti Kahungunu. Partners also included a design and consenting team led by WSP Opus and including Stantec, GHD, Beca, local artist Jacob Scott, and wildlife specialist Tony Billing.

There was a deliberate best-practice approach to environmental planning, engineering and landscape design, built-in Te Aranga  principles, and an outcomes-based approach to stakeholder engagement. This ensured the  project demonstrated how major infrastructure projects can be designed and delivered with net-positive impacts, even within the most sensitive sites.

The project delivered on its project objectives and was completed some weeks ahead of schedule. A collaborative, holistic view to problem-solving; and strong stakeholder engagement transformed a traffic  blackspot into a safer intersection and an admired environmental outcome for the community.

The main works involved constructing a new, at-grade roundabout at the Watchman Road, at Meeanee Quay and SH2 Intersection, upgrading the Watchman Road Causeway and installing upgraded infrastructure including a cycleway and utility services.

The Watchman Road causeway bisects the Ahuriri Estuary located within the Westshore Wildlife Reserve, a delicate natural habitat that is classified as a wetland of national and ecological significance. The road was widened and strengthened to form the community’s main road to Napier Airport.

Client NZ Transport Agency, Napier City Council and Hawke’s Bay Airport
Budget $13 million
Completed September 2018
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Tasman Great Taste Trail

This part of the Tasman Great Taste Trail is 5.6 kms in length and winds its way from the Norris Gully recreation area southwards through to the Motueka River Bridge at Kohatu alongside State Highway ...

Tasman Great Taste Trail

This part of the Tasman Great Taste Trail is 5.6 kms in length and winds its way from the Norris Gully recreation area southwards through to the Motueka River Bridge at Kohatu alongside State Highway 6.

The trail follows along the edge of Nelson Forest land and travels across the Norris Gully stream under the state highway before crossing a number of bridges, including one measuring 18 metres, under the cover of the forest.

Construction began in 2018 after government funding was approved following two years of planning and fundraising by the Tasman Cycle Trails Trust.

During the construction the Higgins team on the project worked closely with land owners and the Cycle Trail Trust and the council to find solutions around track location and positioning. Other challenges included changing out electric fencing around horse paddocks and dealing with the main upper south island Chorus fibre and feeds that run directly under parts of the cycleway. The Higgins team also had to ensure they did not adversely impact road-users while constructing the trail, kept staff safe at all times and cared for the streams and environment around the works areas.

Despite the complexities Higgins finished ahead of schedule to deliver a cycleway that the local community can be proud of. The productivities have been high due to strong planning and co-operation and ownership across the Higgins crews and sub-contractors. The local Higgins crew also came up with a way to produce a great result at a cost-saving to the community by using a paver laying machine to construct the entire path rather than the traditional truck and digger method of laying the aggregate.

Client Tasman Cycle Trails Trust
Completed September 2018
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SH20A to Airport
SH20A to Airport

SH20A is the primary route to and from Auckland Airport and forms a strategic link between the Western Ring Route (SH20 and SH16), the Airport Business District and the greater Auckland area. By upgrading SH20A from a motorway to an expressway, the SH20A to Airport project provided a safer, more direct route to Auckland Airport and addressed long-standing congestion problems. There are now better connections to ports and industrial areas that improve freight efficiency to help support economic growth.

The project enables Aucklanders to fully-realise the benefits of the development of the Western Ring Road, taking travelers to-and-from the airport, along SH20A, SH20 through the Waterview Connection, SH16 and SH18.

The cornerstone of the project is a 400m long, 12m-wide trench that lowers SH20A beneath Kirkbride Road, separating local and airport traffic. A trench over the alternative flyover ensured the Mangere community remained connected – a large structure would have visually severed the community in half.

We delivered the project as a member the MHX Kirkbride Alliance alongside the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, and Beca. The Alliance is the same, high-performing team that delivered the SH20 Manukau Harbour Crossing Project in 2010, which won the Australasian Alliance Project of the Year.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $146 million
Completed July 2018
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Fiji Nadi N2 international gateway project

Higgins helped Fiji improve their international gateway through the Fiji Roads Authority N2 contract.

Fiji Nadi N2 international gateway project

Higgins helped Fiji improve their international gateway through the Fiji Roads Authority N2 contract.

The contract involved a four-lane construction along the Queens Road in Nadi. The previous road was a heavily-trafficked route servicing about 15,000 vehicles per day. The new road has improved travel times and relieved traffic congestion for both visitors and the local community. Other improvements included better pedestrian footpaths, improved street lighting, and upgraded transport service facilities such as new bus stops.

Client Fiji Roads Authority
Completed April 2018
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Te Atatu corridor improvement

The upgrade was designed to improve the traffic flow using a combination of measures, including road-widening and levelling, and improvements to intersections, roundabouts and traffic lights.

Te Atatu corridor improvement

The upgrade was designed to improve the traffic flow using a combination of measures, including road-widening and levelling, and improvements to intersections, roundabouts and traffic lights.

Higgins was the head contractor for this corridor improvement project. 

The Te Atatu corridor improvement project have helped boost the efficiency and safety of one of West Auckland's busiest roads. An average of 38,000 vehicles a day use Te Atatu Road to get on or off the Northwestern Motorway (SH16). This makes it one of the busiest roads in West Auckland and congestion is a problem. The area traditionally also has a high incidence of accidents, some resulting in serious injuries.

The upgraded area is approximately 1.4km long and covers Te Atatu Road, from Wakeling Avenue to the Northwestern Motorway interchange (on- and off-ramps), Edmonton Road from School Road to the Te Atatu Road intersection, and for varying distances along side streets.

Construction was carried out in stages to reduce the impact on traffic congestion during peak hours and minimise inconvenience to residents.

Client Auckland Transport
Completed Early 2018
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Waterview Connection
Waterview Connection

When the Waterview Connection opened in 2017, it was touted as the biggest change to Auckland's roading network since the opening of the Harbour Bridge in 1959.

The new tunnel and interchange connects the Southwestern and Northwestern Motorways (State Highways 20 and 16) to complete the Western Ring Route - a 48km motorway alternative easing pressure on SH1. More than just a highway, the Waterview Connection is a multi-modal corridor that provides pedestrian and cyclist routes, and public open spaces.

Half of the new motorway (2.4km) is underground. A custom-built tunnel boring machine (worth $50M and the tenth largest in the world) was used to construct twin, three-lane tunnels up to 40m below ground. Tunnel spoil came to around 800,000m³. The tunnel required 24,040 precast ring segments.

The other main feature of the project is the Great North Road Interchange that connects the twin tunnels to the existing road network. Four ramps, totaling 1.7km in length, carry traffic to and from the tunnels onto the Southwestern and Northwestern Motorways.

We delivered the project as part of the Well-Connected Alliance alongside McConnell Dowell Constructors, PB New Zealand, Beca Infrastructure, Tonkin + Taylor, Obayashi Corporation and the Transport Agency. The Alliance is also managing and maintaining the connection, including the tunnels, for 10 years after its opening date.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $1.4 billion
Completed June 2017
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McKenzie Road, Auckland

Higgins Auckland was awarded the contract to reconstruct McKenzie Road in Mangere, South Auckland.

McKenzie Road, Auckland

Higgins Auckland was awarded the contract to reconstruct McKenzie Road in Mangere, South Auckland. The contract was won on the back of the Higgins road rehabilitation and paving expertise, and skilled management of stakeholders on an important arterial road that serves as the local connection between SH20 to the airport.  Higgins delivered full pavement reconstruction, including kerb and channels, driveways, footpaths and the rebuild of the road carriageway.   The project team formed a partnership with local Mangere College to mentor pupils in the civil trades and bring local talent in to the project delivery team.

Completed May 2017
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Waikato Expressway Rangiriri section

The Rangiriri section is an integral part of the Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

Waikato Expressway Rangiriri section

The Rangiriri section is an integral part of the Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty. Beginning at the southern end of the Longswamp section, it runs for 4.8km and joins the existing highway south of Rangiriri township.

The new section aims to improve connectivity from Auckland to Huntly and further south, connect the Longswamp and Ohinewai sections of the Expressway, improve safety, particularly for those using the Rangiriri and Te Kauwhata intersections and provide improved connections for the community.

We delivered 4.8km of four lane motorway, an interchange at the intersection of SH1 and Te Kauwhata Road and another at Rangiriri, involving 1.6 million cubic metres of earthworks. 

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $100 million
Completed April 2017
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Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT)

Christchurch suffered unprecedented damage in the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT)

Christchurch suffered unprecedented damage in the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Damage to roads, water and wastewater pipelines, bridges and streetscapes was estimated at over $2.2 billion – the largest infrastructure project in New Zealand’s history.

We were a key participant in the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), an alliance formed to rebuild Christchurch’s horizontal infrastructure. Other alliance participants include the Christchurch City Council, Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority, NZ Transport Agency McConnell Dowell, Downer, City Care and Fulton Hogan.

Our work focussed largely on deep drainage works, roading, bridge structures, pipe relining and retaining walls in Christchurch’s eastern and central suburbs.

SCIRT seized the opportunity to raise the bar in the construction industry - including new safety regulations and standards. We played a key role in developing a strong safety culture within the SCIRT alliance.

SCIRT repaired or replaced 630km of sewer pipe, 114 pump stations and water reservoirs, 100km of water pipe, 1.3 million m2 of road, and 144 bridges.

Client Christchurch City Council
Budget $2.2 billion
Completed March 2017
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Wellington Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway
Wellington Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway

Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway is a key section in the 110km Wellington Northern Corridor (WNC), a road of national significance, providing a more direct route between Levin and Wellington Airport.

The 18km Mackays to Peka Peka section is a four-lane expressway through Paraparaumu and Waikanae, separating local and highway traffic and creating safer and shorter trips to and through the Kāpiti Coast. Along with Peka Peka to Ōtaki to the north, it makes up the ‘Kāpiti Expressway’ and links to the south with the Transmission Gully project.

We delivered the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway project as part of an alliance alongside Beca, Higgins and the NZ Transport Agency supported by Goodmans Contractors, Incite and Boffa Miskell.

Our work included 16km of new four lane motorway, major upgrading of 2km of highway, 18 new bridges (including a new crossing over the Waikanae River), 3.5 million m³ of earthworks, 16km shared pathway for pedestrians, cyclists and horses, connections to local roads at Poplar Avenue (Raumati), Kāpiti Road (Paraparaumu), Te Moana Road (Waikanae) and Peka Peka Road. The work also covered safety improvements on many local roads in the vicinity of the Expressway and environmental protection and enhancement including 140 hectares of new planting and landscaping, creation of 9.5 hectares of new or restored wetlands and 1.4 million locally eco sourced plants.

Higgins provided civil construction input and services related to drainage, pavement construction, surfacing and traffic management. 

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $630 million
Completed February 2017
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Waterview Connection tunnels and road barriers
Waterview Connection tunnels and road barriers

We’re keeping drivers safe in New Zealand’s longest road tunnel. Our slip-form barriers aim to protect drivers in the Waterview Connection tunnels. The barriers, which run along both sides of the twin 2.4km tunnels, redirect vehicles that may have lost control before they crash into and damage the tunnel walls.

We installed 9,270 lineal metres of TL-4 F-shape barriers along the tunnel walls, using 4,500m3 of concrete from Firth. The walls were poured and formed on site in their final position using slip-form machinery.

With multiple trades working concurrently in the tunnels to complete the mechanical and electrical fitout and commissioning, the slip-form process was a significant advantage, enabling the barriers to be installed much faster than alternative methods.

We also built 10km of TL-4 and TL-5 roadside and median barriers for the motorway walks on SH16 (Northwestern motorway) and SH20 (Southwestern motorway).

The $1.4 billion NZ Transport Agency Waterview Connection project connects the SH20 and SH16 Motorways in Auckland to complete the city's Western Ring Route. 

Client Well-Connected Alliance
Completed November 2016
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Fiji Four Long Bridges Project

Roads facilitate the movement of people and goods between businesses and local and international markets, and enable people to get to jobs, education and health facilities.

Fiji Four Long Bridges Project

Roads facilitate the movement of people and goods between businesses and local and international markets, and enable people to get to jobs, education and health facilities. And perhaps most importantly – they connect communities.

We replaced four deteriorating timber road bridges (three on the main island Viti Levu, and the fourth on the smaller Vanua Levu) with modern concrete structures, creating safer, more resilient connections between villages and access to essential services.

The new bridges separate pedestrians from traffic, dramatically improving safety and are more resistant to both flooding and earthquakes. To maximise efficiency, we constructed three of the four bridges using the same method - bottom driven piles with precast beams. The fourth bridge is similar but founded on piles anchored into basalt rock. We produced the precast bridge beams on our retro-fitted pre-casting bed in Suva, using locally-sourced concrete.

We established our construction programme around a break in the sugar cane crushing season from December to June, as two of the bridges also serve as cane train routes.

Engaging people from the local villages was a key priority, so we employed and trained local people to work on the project. Skills gained helped team members to secure ongoing employment.

Client Fiji Roads Authority
Budget $11 million
Completed September 2016
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Ngauranga to Aotea Quay ‘Smart’ Motorway

The section of SH1 between Ngauranga and the Terrace Tunnel is one of the region’s busiest sections of motorway, used by more than 90,000 vehicles each day.

Ngauranga to Aotea Quay ‘Smart’ Motorway

The section of SH1 between Ngauranga and the Terrace Tunnel is one of the region’s busiest sections of motorway, used by more than 90,000 vehicles each day. Growing congestion on the network was causing significant delays and unpredictable journey times, and the road also had a poor safety record. With no space to build additional lanes, the NZ Transport Agency opted for a managed motorway system to influence traffic flows and help the road operate more efficiently.

The smart motorway uses Intelligent Transport Solutions (ITS) to monitor and respond to changing road conditions and to adjust the speed limit to pace traffic and restrict queue formation. Ngauranga to Aotea Quay is New Zealand’s first smart motorway.

With the project set in a heavy traffic environment, with works in the central median and on the motorway itself, we had to continually stretch our thinking to keep construction, and drivers, moving.  The Roads of National Significance project involved a sizeable construction programme alongside the installation of smart motorway equipment including the construction of an extra (fourth) northbound lane between the Aotea on-ramp and the Ngauranga Gorge / State Highway 2 diverge. Works also saw replacement of three kilometres of central median safety barrier with a continuous concrete barrier, extension of the existing sign gantries with the addition of new ones, and construction of a new southbound on-ramp for emergency services at Ngauranga.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $55 million
Completed July 2016
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SH16 Te Atatu and Lincoln Road intersection improvements

The Te Atatu Interchange and Lincoln Road Intersection improvements are a key component of the NZ Transport Agency’s Western Ring Route, providing a 48km alternative route around Auckland and reducing...

SH16 Te Atatu and Lincoln Road intersection improvements

The Te Atatu Interchange and Lincoln Road Intersection improvements are a key component of the NZ Transport Agency’s Western Ring Route, providing a 48km alternative route around Auckland and reducing dependence on SH1 - particularly the Auckland Central Business District and Auckland Harbour Bridge.

We supplied 5.4km of barrier for the two adjacent projects for main contractor Fulton Hogan, including split level TL-4 up to 650mm level difference. As the majority of the barrier was split level, our slip-form machinery was a considerable advantage, enabling the barriers to be built much faster, more simply and with less cost than precast or conventional in-situ methods.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Completed January 2016
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Wairau Stream Pedestrian Bridge

The walk from Takapuna to Milford Beach is one of Auckland’s most popular and thanks to a new footbridge, pedestrians can once again cross the Wairau Stream and access the beach side of Milford Reserv...

Wairau Stream Pedestrian Bridge

The walk from Takapuna to Milford Beach is one of Auckland’s most popular and thanks to a new footbridge, pedestrians can once again cross the Wairau Stream and access the beach side of Milford Reserve.

The new bridge is a welcome relief for the local community, who have had to walk nearly a kilometre extra to reach the reserve since the last bridge was taken down in the 1970s. A central opening span also keeps marine users happy, enabling safe, uninterrupted passage into and out of Milford Marina.

We built the new 40-metre long and three metre-wide bridge using a number of innovations to maximise productivity in the short working windows between tides. We changed the pier design from cast in situ to precast, enabling the piers to be prefabricated and installed quickly onsite using a crane. We also reduced the number and increased the size of the deck panels, enabling them to be installed faster. Two hydraulic rams raised the central opening section, which is controlled remotely from the ferry terminal and opens on demand from marine users. We rationalised the design of the hydraulic rams, providing significant savings for the client.

Client Auckland Council
Budget $2.2 million
Completed December 2015
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Tauranga Eastern Link

The largest roading project ever carried out in the Bay of Plenty, the 21km Tauranga Eastern Link created a more direct route between Tauranga and Paengaroa, improving safety and reducing journey time...

Tauranga Eastern Link

The largest roading project ever carried out in the Bay of Plenty, the 21km Tauranga Eastern Link created a more direct route between Tauranga and Paengaroa, improving safety and reducing journey times by 11 minutes. Opened in July 2015, the new arterial road diverted regional traffic from Te Puke and Paengaroa and supported economic growth by enabling faster freight movements.

We constructed 2km of TL-5 barrier for main the contractor, Fulton Hogan / HEB joint venture, providing protection for embankments and structures. Our slip-form methodology meant the barrier could be constructed much faster and cheaper than alternative methods.

Client Fulton Hogan / HEB joint Venture
Completed June 2015
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Eastern Transport Initiative Phase 1

The Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) is a 20-year, $1.5 billion project to address the shortfalls in transport infrastructure for the south and east of Auckland.

Eastern Transport Initiative Phase 1

The Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) is a 20-year, $1.5 billion project to address the shortfalls in transport infrastructure for the south and east of Auckland.

We delivered a major upgrade of the Panmure railway station; replaced the existing Ellerslie Panmure Highway bridge over the railway; constructed a new Ellerslie-Panmure Highway bridge over the railway to cater for a future busway and replaced the Ireland Road-William Harvey Place railway footbridge.

We also buioolt the first significant length of new AMETI roadway: a 1.5km two-lane link road from Morrin Road to Mt Wellington Highway, known as AMETI Glen Innes-Mt Wellington. At its southern end, adjacent to Panmure railway station, this link road was relocated beneath the Panmure railway station pedestrian concourse and Ellerslie Panmure Highway by means of a 220m-long concrete box tunnel.

Client Auckland Transport
Budget $100 million
Completed April 2014
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Ngaruawahia bypass

The Ngaruawahia section of the 102km Waikato Expressway provides a four-lane bypass of Ngaruawahia and created a faster and safer link between Taupiri and Hamilton.

Ngaruawahia bypass

The Ngaruawahia section of the 102km Waikato Expressway provides a four-lane bypass of Ngaruawahia and created a faster and safer link between Taupiri and Hamilton. The bypass connects to the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway and the Te Rapa section in the south.  The Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance was completed in 2022 to improve safety and reliability, to reduce travel time between Auckland and Tirau by 35 minutes, and to reduce congestion on SH1.

Our work included construction of 9.5km of expressway between SH1B (Gordonton Road) and Horotiu, 1.5 million m³ of earthworks, seven bridges, 220,000m2 of pavement and surfacing, and a grade-separated interchange with Gordonton Rd.

A standout feature of the expressway is Te Rehu o Waikato (the Mist of Waikato); a 140m long, five span bridge which carries the motorway over the Waikato River.

The Waikato River is sacred to mana whenua and therefore bridge piers were not permitted within the water course. To comply, the bridge was designed with a steel ladder deck with the 55m main span supported on innovative v-shaped piers. The v-shaped piers feature artwork designed by a Waikato-Tainui master carver and depicts tuna whakaheke (eel migration). Pou whenua on top of the bridge feature ancestral figures recognising ancestral connections to the Taupiri-Horotiu and wider region.

The entire 1.5 million m3 of earthworks and 220,000m2 of pavement was constructed within just two years.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $100 million
Completed December 2013
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Pukekohe Race Track

In 2013 Higgins Auckland were awarded the contract to re-align a portion of this iconic track as part of a $6m raceway upgrade.

Pukekohe Race Track

In 2013 Higgins Auckland were awarded the contract to re-align a portion of this iconic track as part of a $6m raceway upgrade.

The contract was won on the back of the Higgins paving expertise, as well as the client’s preference for the unique asphalt mix designed by Higgins technical support group.   Higgins reconstructed the three new corners along the back straight of the race track and was involved in the placement of specialist race track kerbs and the relocation of 3000m3 of clay/topsoil for new viewing areas beside the track.  Australian touring car legend Mark Skaife provided technical advice to the shaping of the subgrade.

Client Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development, the Ministry of Economic Development and V8 Supercars
Completed 2013
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Manawatu Gorge Slip

Manawatu Gorge section of SH3 is a vital link between the eastern and western regions of the lower North Island.

Manawatu Gorge Slip

Manawatu Gorge section of SH3 is a vital link between the eastern and western regions of the lower North Island.  On 18 August 2011 this link was severed by a large landslide, followed by other significant slips.  The project to reinstate SH3 was huge.

As the head contractor, Higgins was responsible for project management and ultimate project completion including coordination with consultants and subcontractors; management of the slip works and communication with NZTA and other key stakeholders. To stabilise the slope, five massive benches were built from the top down, each longer than a rugby field.  A track was built through bush at the top of the slope so equipment could be brought in.

This slip damaged the road far more extensively than any of the previous slips in the Gorge. Once the slip was stabilised a massive multi rebuild phase commenced to:

  • totally rebuild a three span bridge
  • repair two further bridges
  • construct an 85m-long retaining wall
  • construct retaining netting the size of a rugby field
  • build 200m of pavement and railings.

In May 2012 the benching was completed and the road was cleared.  A total of 370,000 cubic metres of soil, rock and debris was removed from the site, enough material to overflow the Wellington Regional Stadium (Westpac Stadium). This combined with a vertical height of 155m made this the largest road landslide in New Zealand history. Stage two then began to fix the road bridgework damaged by the slip.  A truly collaborative team environment delivered this technically complex task in four months - an operation that would normally take up to a couple of years to plan and build.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Completed October 2012
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Victoria Park Tunnel

By addressing the bottleneck in Auckland’s motorway system between Newmarket and the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Victoria Park Tunnel created safer and faster trips for 150,000 vehicles a day.

Victoria Park Tunnel

By addressing the bottleneck in Auckland’s motorway system between Newmarket and the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Victoria Park Tunnel created safer and faster trips for 150,000 vehicles a day.

As part of an alliance alongside the NZ Transport Agency, Beca, Higgins and Parson’s Brinkerhoff, we constructed the 440m cut and cover tunnel that carries three lanes of northbound traffic metres below Victoria Park, and widened the existing motorway through St Mary’s Bay. We modified the existing four-lane viaduct to carry southbound traffic.

Works took place in a complex, live traffic environment impacting on services, businesses and residential properties. However, great care was taken to minimise disruption. Preservation of key heritage sites was also an important aspect of the project, particularly the 1886-era Rob Roy Hotel that had to be moved to make space for the widened viaduct.

Urban design features opened up the area for the community, including a much-improved replacement skatepark, a new public plaza in front of the Rob Roy Hotel, a footbridge over the motorway to reconnect land and sea in St Marys Bay and a walkway through St Marys Bay that's protected from the motorway by a transparent noise wall.

The project won several awards:

  • NZ Contractors Federation Award 2011 (Supreme winner)
  • NZ Contractors Federation Award 2012 (Projects over $20 million)
  • Public Relations Institute Award in 2012 (Government Communications)
  • Roading Excellence Awards 2012 (Z Energy Excellence Award for a major Road Project) and HireQuip Best Practice Award for Environmental Sustainability
  • International Road Federation (Global Road Achievement Award for Construction Methodology) 2012
Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $406 million
Completed June 2012
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Kopane Bridge - Manawatu

Located north east of Palmerston North in the Manawatu District, Kopane Bridge is a significant regional commuting route.

Kopane Bridge - Manawatu

Located north east of Palmerston North in the Manawatu District, Kopane Bridge is a significant regional commuting route. A new Kopane bridge was constructed 4m higher than the old bridge to protect the route from the consequences of possible flooding.  The project called for the construction of a higher bridge deck with new embankments leading up to and from the bridge which involved 100,000 m3 of earthworks and 1km of new roads.

As the Head Contractor, Higgins was responsible for managing the contracting along with specialist subcontractors to ensure the successful delivery of the project.  The contract allowed for a eighteen month contract period, but the team succeeded in delivering the project ahead of time within a twelve month period. 

Completed April 2012
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Taupiri Bypass - Waikato

The 1.5km road is stage 1 of the Ngaruawahia Bypass.

Taupiri Bypass - Waikato

The 1.5km road is stage 1 of the Ngaruawahia Bypass.  Taupiri Link connects to SH1B back onto SH1 at Taupiri.  The Huntly bypass connects the Ngaruawahia Bypass to the section at Ohinewai. The Tangata Whenua had extensive involvement in the Taupiri Link project as it is an area of high cultural significance.

Higgins managed and constructed the challenging project involving significant alignment changes and pavement upgrades to both State Highway 1 and 1B.  Traffic queues and wait times were eliminated and safety greatly improved at these very busy intersections. 

Higgins constructed a two lane roundabout at the intersection of SH1 and SH1B; a new single lane roundabout at Orini Road and SH1B; a new pedestrian/cycle bridge over the North Island main trunk railway; redirecting existing side roads to the roundabouts; shared walk/cycle ways and extensive landscaping works.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Completed December 2011
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Hawke’s Bay Expressway

Higgins was the main contractor for the delivery of the Hawke's Bay expressway.

Hawke’s Bay Expressway

Higgins was the main contractor for the delivery of the Hawke's Bay expressway.  This involved all contract management activities including quality, safety and environmental management plans.  Higgins managed subcontractors for earthworks, box culverts and landscaping.  All pavement construction, surfacing and traffic management was undertaken by Higgins own teams.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Completed February 2011
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Manukau Harbour crossing

The prospect of 133,000 people visiting New Zealand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup led to major infrastructure and building projects across the country.

Manukau Harbour crossing

The prospect of 133,000 people visiting New Zealand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup led to major infrastructure and building projects across the country. The Manukau Harbour Crossing (MHX) was just one example, aimed at creating a faster, safer connection between Auckland airport and the CBD.

By widening the existing SH20 between Mangere and Otahuhu and delivering a duplicate bridge across the Manukau Harbour, MHX significantly reduced travel time between the airport and Auckland CBD and improved connections between the communities of Onehunga and Mangere Bridge.

Built adjacent to the existing Mangere bridge (also built by Fletcher in 1982), the new 650m-long, twin box-girder bridge provided four lanes in each direction, plus two dedicated bus lanes – doubling current capacity. Five kilometres of new motorway was constructed on SH20, along with three-and-a-half kilometres of pedestrian and cycle routes and two kilometres of major water-main infrastructure.

The project was also a key milestone towards the completion of the long-planned Western Ring Route, connecting State Highways 16 and 20 and providing an alternative to SH1.

We delivered the project as part of the MHX alliance alongside Beca, Higgins and the NZ Transport Agency. The alliance’s delivery of the project led to the award of a major variation to the contract, the SH20A to Airport project.

Client Waka Kotahi Transport Agency
Budget $180 million
Completed November 2010
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Project Takitini RNZAF Ohakea

Project Takatini was a NZ Defence Force project to make extensive improvements to infrastructure of the RNZAF Base at Ohakea.

Project Takitini RNZAF Ohakea

Project Takatini was a NZ Defence Force project to make extensive improvements to infrastructure of the RNZAF Base at Ohakea.

Higgins was contracted in the Stage 1 to build the support network of civil works services and roading for the new Airforce Helicopter squadron facilities.  In the second Stage, Higgins was contracted to manage the construction of the heavy duty pavement which links the existing taxiways for the three squadron helicopter hangar.  The pavement constructed involved extensive asphaltic concrete. 

Client NZ Defence Force
Completed June 2010
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Tauranga Harbour link stage 2

Long-serving Fletcher folk experienced déjà vu when we constructed the second Tauranga Harbour Crossing, because twenty years earlier we had built the original Tauranga Harbour Link - creating the fir...

Tauranga Harbour link stage 2

Long-serving Fletcher folk experienced déjà vu when we constructed the second Tauranga Harbour Crossing, because twenty years earlier we had built the original Tauranga Harbour Link - creating the first direct connection between Tauranga and Mount Maunganui.

We built a duplicate 466m-long box-girder bridge parallel to the original bridge, a 550m-long, four-lane fly-over from the Harbour Bridge to Takitimu Drive and associated on and off-ramps. The 466m-long bridge was incrementally launched in 20m sections that were constructed on the Tauranga side.

Volunteers from the local community played key a role in the launch of the 12 bridge sections, helping to move the friction pads as the ever-longer bridge was pushed towards Mount Maunganui using hydraulic jacks. Approximately 136 people donated 14,000 hours to help build the bridge.

A concerted focus on sustainability saw 70% of waste diverted from landfills every month to recycling or re-use facilities.

When the new bridge opened in December 2009, three months ahead of schedule, it significantly reduced congestion on the existing bridge and traffic flowed freely once again.

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Budget $130 million
Completed December 2009
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Dowse to Petone

The Waka Kotahi NZTA project was designed to address delays and safety issues on the 2.7km stretch of SH2.

Dowse to Petone

The Waka Kotahi NZTA project was designed to address delays and safety issues on the 2.7km stretch of SH2. Construction of the state highway involved the reconstruction of four lanes of live highway using a Higgins designed and manufactured deep lift asphalt. The interchange at the base of Dowse Drive and overbridge at Korokoro provide better connectivity to and from the state highway for Wellington motorists and residents on the Western Hutt hills of the Hutt Valley. 

Client Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Completed January 2009
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Fiji Rewa River bridge

United States Army Corps of Engineers built the first major bridge across the Rewa River in the 1940’s, connecting Fiji’s capital Suva with the surrounding Nausori District and the Tailevu Province in...

Fiji Rewa River bridge

United States Army Corps of Engineers built the first major bridge across the Rewa River in the 1940’s, connecting Fiji’s capital Suva with the surrounding Nausori District and the Tailevu Province in the north.

We replaced the outdated, two-lane structure with a modern, nine-span, four-lane road bridge, creating a faster, safer connection between the communities and reducing traffic congestion. With dedicated pedestrian and cycling access, the new bridge also provides a safer crossing for children travelling from Nausori to attend school in Suva.

Designed as a single cell concrete box girder, the 428m bridge was incrementally launched. Each of the 26 bridge segments were cast individually, stressed together with reinforcing cable and pushed progressively out over the water, from pier to pier, to the other side of the river. Segments were cast on a purpose-built casting bay and launched with the aid of a 23m-long ‘launching girder’ and four, 170-tonne hydraulic launching jacks. 

Our work also included a 1km approach road and a 20m-long, single-lane road bridge over Waicuku Creek.

Client Government of Fiji
Budget FJ$29.7 million
Completed August 2006
roads centralmotorwayjunction
Auckland Central Motorway Junction and Grafton Gully

Providing a direct motorway link between the Port of Auckland and the Southern Motorway, this project kicked off the Transport Agency’s large-scale Central Motorway Junction (CMJ) improvements.

Auckland Central Motorway Junction and Grafton Gully

Providing a direct motorway link between the Port of Auckland and the Southern Motorway, this project kicked off the Transport Agency’s large-scale Central Motorway Junction (CMJ) improvements. Significantly, we were part of Freeflow, the first major road construction alliance in New Zealand, and worked alongside Beca, the New Zealand Transport Agency, and Higgins. 

We delivered on one of New Zealand’s busiest sections of motorway with major earthworks, over 2km of new motorway with two or three lanes in each direction, four over-bridge structures connecting local roads above the motorway, large concrete retaining walls and several new ramps connecting the motorway to local roads.

The alliance’s strong performance led to a major variation to the contract that involved widening the existing section of the Southern Motorway between Grafton Road and Gilles Ave. This required cutting several metres out of basalt rock faces, seismic strengthening of existing viaduct structures, widening over-bridges, installation of new retaining walls and fitting new barriers and lighting – all in a live motorway environment.

Client Waka Kotahi Transport Agency
Budget $130 million
Completed January 2004
roads centralmotorwayjunction
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