Te Rapa section of the Waikato Expressway opens

SEAL OF APPROVAL: Prime Minister John Key, flanked by dignitaries including Hamilton Mayor
Julie Hardaker, left, and National’s Hamilton East MP David Bennett, cuts the ceremonial
ribbon across the Te Rapa section of the Waikato Expressway.
SEAL OF APPROVAL: Prime Minister John Key, flanked by dignitaries including Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker, left, and National’s Hamilton East MP David Bennett, cuts the ceremonial ribbon across the Te Rapa section of the Waikato Expressway.
NEW ROAD: Runners and walkers christen the Te Rapa link in the Waikato Expressway.
NEW ROAD: Runners and walkers christen the Te Rapa link in the Waikato Expressway.
CONNECTION: Prime Minister John Key is welcomed at the opening
ceremony.
CONNECTION: Prime Minister John Key is welcomed at the opening ceremony.
CROWD PLEASER: Hundreds of people took the chance for a closer look
at the new road which took 21⁄2 years to build.
CROWD PLEASER: Hundreds of people took the chance for a closer look at the new road which took 21⁄2 years to build.
ROAD WORTHY: People gather at the Koura interchange to watch the
official opening of the Te Rapa section of the Waikato Expressway.
ROAD WORTHY: People gather at the Koura interchange to watch the official opening of the Te Rapa section of the Waikato Expressway.
PUMPED UP: Mike and Julie Etheridge prefer pedal power to explore
Hamilton’s newest stretch of highway.
PUMPED UP: Mike and Julie Etheridge prefer pedal power to explore Hamilton’s newest stretch of highway.

The first day of summer got off to a fine start as hundreds of people hit the road on Saturday to check out the 8-kilometre Te Rapa section of the Waikato Expressway along Hamilton’s northwestern boundary.

Prime Minister John Key joined the large gathering to officially open the $194 million roading project.

Photographer Bruce Mercer was at the opening to capture the action.

Waikato Times