The Mt Victoria Tunnel is a vital part of the Wellington region's transport network. The NZ Transport Agency upgraded the Mt Victoria Tunnel to extend its working life.
The Mt Victoria Tunnel opened in 1931, connecting Hataitai and the eastern suburbs with the inner city suburbs of Wellington. It is 623 metres long and has two lanes, one in each direction. More than 45,000 cars per day travel through the tunnel and share the space with pedestrians and cyclists who use the tunnel on an elevated walkway along the northern wall.
The tunnel's original systems and components were appropriate when they were installed. However, more modern equipment, will improve the operation, environment and safety in the tunnel.
Stage 1 of the upgrade was completed in 2012 which included the demolition of the ceiling plenum.
The Stage 2 upgrade of the tunnel refurbishment and safety improvement works builds on work completed around 2 years ago when the concrete ceiling was removed: