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Waterview Connection 2016 Update

Waterview Connection 2015 Update
Waterview Shared Path

Catch up on what has happened since the 2015 Waterview Connection LEARNZ field trip.

The Waterview Connection Project began in 2012 and will be finished in early 2017. 

Timeline of events since the last 2015 LEARNZ field trip

September 2015

  • Tunnel painting begins. The tunnel walls are being painted a cream colour to 4m in height and then black on the roof. 

October 2015

  • Southern Ventilation Building is finished.
  • Alan Wood Reserve opens for walking and cycling. 
  • Alice finishes the second of two tunnels.

November 2015

  • Work to take Alice apart begins. Alice will be shipped back to Germany.

December 2015

  • Opening of the Waterview Reserve Playground.
  • The 16 cross passages that run between the two motorway tunnels are finished.

January 2016

  • Hendon Footbridge arch installed.  
  • Mechanical and electrical fit-out of tunnels begins.

February 2016

  • Work on Waterview Reserve skatepark begins.

March 2016

  • Work continues on the Great North Road Interchange.
  • Work starts on the 2.5km Waterview Shared Path.

April 2016

  • Work on a small 90 metre long Northern Ventilation Tunnel (NVT) begins. 

June 2016

  • Dennis, the giant yellow gantry crane, finishes building the Great North Road Interchange. 
  • New changing rooms and a volleyball court have been opened at Valonia Reserve.

July 2016

  • Jet fans to vent the tunnels are fitted.
  • Alan Wood Pond building begins

August 2016

  • State Highway 20 (SH20) widening begins.
  • The final stage of the Valonia Reserve skatepark and half basketball court begins.

In September 2016 you can take part in the LEARNZ virtual field trip to the Waterview Connection site. You will see how the project is going, drive through the tunnels and find out what needs to be finished before the opening in early 2017.

Audio Māori keywords: 

How do you think the completed Waterview Connection will benefit Auckland?

Once Alice, the Tunnel Boring Machine, completed the tunnels she had to be dismantled so she could be shipped back to Germany. Image: NZTA.

Part of the Waterview Connection Project includes widening SH20 to accommodate two extra lanes of traffic. Image: NZTA.

Tunnel paving and painting is being completed. Why do you think the tunnel roof is being painted black? Image: LEARNZ.

The Hendon Footbridge is under construction as part of a network of shared pathways. Image: NZTA.

This is the design for the Valonia Reserve Skatepark. Why do you think this has been included in the project? Image: LEARNZ.

Alice, the Tunnel Boring Machine, breaks through to complete the second tunnel in October 2015. How long are the two Waterview Connection tunnels? Image: NZTA.

Waterview Connection 2015 Update
Waterview Shared Path