Alice on the job

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION -

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.

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