Most of the constuction in 2015 involves building the second Waterview Connection tunnel and finishing the ramps on to the Great North Road Interchange.
Earlier this year Alice was turned around so she could start the second tunnel. Find out more about Alice's turnaround - PDF.
What’s happening in 2015
- Ramp 4 work begins, this ramp will take traffic from the tunnels onto the eastbound lane towards the city.
- Reopen the Ernie Pinches footbridge to the public.
- Alice is ready to begin boring the northbound tunnel after being turned around
- Work starts on the tunnels’ 16 cross passages.
- Work begins on the Waterview Reserve playground
- Valonia Street re-opened to the public
- Start planting over 250,000 plants alongside the new motorway.
- First cross passage finished to connect the two tunnels.
- Stage 2 backfill and drains built in the northbound tunnel.
- Southern Vent Building to be finished.
- Tunnelling finished
- Ramp 4 on the Great North Road Interchange finished.
During the second Waterview Connection field trip
Last year you met Alice the Tunnel Boring Machine as she dug the southbound tunnel. During this year’s field trip you will see Alice at work on the northbound tunnel. You will see how the Great North Road Interchange is being built and meet Dennis the gantry crane. Dennis allows work to be done high above a busy motorway.
The northern end of the Waterview Connection
During the field trip you will be looking at what is happening at the northern end of the Waterview Connection Project.
- A trench (called the Northern Approach Trench) to take traffic to and from the tunnels
- This Northern Approach Trench is being built as a cut and cover tunnel
- A station at the exit is being built to house tunnel services, including the fans that draw in air from the tunnel and send it to a vent stack about 120m away
- The vent stack is being built
- Four new ramps at the Great North Road Interchange are being built to connect the tunnels and SH16.