The latest video from the team digging the tunnels at Waterview, this time with the main focus on the spoil from the tunnel which is sent to help fill up the old Wiri quarry.

I guess there’s probably not a great deal of point in showing a time-lapse from inside the tunnel anymore seeing as they’ve already done that a few times and it would all look the same now. As a reminder this is what the inside of the tunnel looks like and the men walking though it help to give a sense of the size of it.

Waterview inside tunnel

As of three weeks ago here is how far the TBM had progressed and it is expected to reach Waterview in September.

Progress Bar - July 14

And here are some photos from June which helps to highlight the immense size of the project.

At the Northern End

The ramps and pillars look small from here but from ground level are massive
With the exception of the cycleway this whole area is really a massive pedestrian dead zone

At the Southern End

The space for a Mt Roskill Spur has clearly been left under the Maioro St Interchange but hasn’t been built under Richardson Rd (but space has been left for it)

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  1. I still find it odd that the concrete plant for the segments was established in East Tamaki, only a close 25km away from the site. 1 truck journey can only move 3 segments at a time to site.

  2. This project is really coming together nicely. I just hope they get the number of lanes right and an adequate feed zone where it feeds into the North Western. From what’s been built so far it looks ok but it’s hard to visualise until the final product is delivered.

    It will be fascinating to see how much traffic (if any) diverts around the Greenhithe motorway rather than going through town on the Harbour Bridge during peak periods.

  3. I can’t wait to see Gerry under the big “Mission Accomplished” banner as he proclaims that the motorway system is now finished and we can start spending money on real transport solutions. Like, I dunno…CRL?

    1. I think we all need to be there with that banner as unfortunately the motorway builder’s work is never done with this government. I suspect first up will be extra lanes to CMJ to ‘relieve’ the pressure caused by two extra lanes of traffic added to the existing packed lanes.

  4. Will there be traffic lights where the flyover lanes meet the NW motorway as has been done with the SH20/SH1 junction at Manukau?

  5. What is the toll going to be? How are they going to administer it? Obviously can’t be pay cash as you enter like at Puhoi.

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