Alice on the job
I am writing on behalf of Alice, the tunnel boring machine busy working underground at Waterview constructing the two tunnels that will connect the northwestern and southwestern motorways and complete the western ring route.
She’s grateful for your interest and support, and as you reported ( Auckland City Harbour News, May 23) she’s now back at work after a planned maintenance break.
Alice was, however, shocked to read that she will have to be replaced before she’s completed her work. She says this is certainly not so. Given the size and complexity of the Waterview project, there will be other planned breaks to replace equipment worn down by her gruelling work.
But as you correctly reported, Alice is now ‘‘tracking along’’.
She expects to ‘‘break through’’ at Waterview sometime in September, when she will be turned around for her journey back to Owairaka excavating the second tunnel.
Alice began her work last November and she assures you and your readers she will finish the job she was built for.