Large loads being transported overnight, Tuesday 23 July to Thursday 1 August 2013


Transport of the tunnel boring machine from the Port to the Waterview Connection construction site in Owairaka will begin tomorrow, Tuesday 23 July.

All but 13 of the 100 loads will be transported as normal freight movements during the day.

Transport of the oversize loads will begin tomorrow night (Tuesday 23 July).  These loads (with two exceptions) will leave the Port (Bledisloe Wharf) between 10pm and midnight and will travel to Owairaka via Tangihua Street, Anzac Avenue, Symonds Street, Mt Eden Road, Balmoral Road and Sandringham Road.

Other road users may experience short delays while these loads pass.

The two largest loads will be moved overnight on Wednesday (24 July) and Sunday (28 July).  They will be taken via Normanby Road to avoid the Mt Eden Road rail bridge. People are being asked not to park on the eastern side of Normanby Road on these nights and the night that follows (Thursday and Monday) so that the wide trailers can pass through unimpeded.

These loads will also require closing Sandringham Road Extension (Mt Albert Road to Stoddard Road, including the Maioro Street southbound on-ramp to State Highway 20) overnight on Wednesday 24 and Sunday 28 July. The road closure is needed so that steel plates can be placed by crane over a culvert under the road in the vicinity of the Wesley Community Centre.  Detours will be in place.

All loads will access the construction site via a site access point off the Maioro Street motorway on-ramp to State Highway 20.  The on-ramp may close during some of these operations.

If you have any questions or concerns about the TBM transport, please contact the Waterview Connection project’s 24-hour phone line: 0800 TUNNEL (88 66 35).

We thank you for your patience while we get on with New Zealand’s largest ever transport project.