The Waterview Connection project is currently New Zealand’s biggest transport project and the team working on it regularly put out pictures and videos of the work they’re doing. Here are some of the latest updates.
Over the weekend the arch of the Hendon St walking and cycling bridge was installed.
You can see the bridge under construction below. The approaches have been built for a while but the arch and the section that spans the motorway has had to wait till tunnelling finished so the conveyor belt could be removed.
And here’s what the bridge will look like when finished.
Below is a look at the Waterview Interchange taken in November. You definitely couldn’t call it compact. The image also shows just how wide the causeway will be once finished. The completed layout will have four lanes citybound, 5 lanes westbound, bus shoulders each way and the cycleway
Speaking of the cycleway the section along the causeway is now open and a considerable improvement to the conditions cyclists have endured in recent times. The remaining sections of the cycleway are due to be completed in the next few months.
While not part of the Waterview Project, also due to be completed soon is the Te Atatu interchange which will see the section of motorway from Te Atatu to Lincoln Rd finished early next year. As many of you will know there has been constant roadworks in this section since 2010 when the Lincoln Rd interchange upgrade started. The completion includes the new cycleway underpass of Te Atatu Rd (due before Christmas) and the extension of the NW cycleway to Lincoln Rd (The section from Henderson Creek to Lincoln Rd has been open for some time).
In the tunnel the work continues on digging out the cross passages
And here’s one with pipes and valves for fire safety systems being installed.
And of course now that the TBM has finished digging it is being disassembled and has been sold back to the manufacturer.
The 322 tonne cutter head after being lifted out of the ground.
The official video of the TBM breakthrough
The September and October Timelapses. The latter includes the TBM starting to be dismantled
The tunnels are due to open in early 2017