Changes to night lane clo­sures on north­west­ern mo­tor­way

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

If you’re trav­el­ling on the north­west­ern mo­tor­way at night, be aware of night­time lane clo­sures re­lated to the Water­view Con­nec­tion project.

The clo­sures cur­rently af­fect the north­west­ern mo­tor­way west­bound lanes be­tween the off and on­ramps at Great North Rd.

Next week, east­bound lanes will be closed be­tween Great North Rd and St Lukes Rd. Large con­crete beams weigh­ing be­tween 60 to 69 tonnes and up to 36 me­tres long are be­ing lifted into place for the sec­ond of the four in­ter­change ramps to link the north­west­ern and south­west­ern mo­tor­ways.

The NZ Trans­port Agency’s high­way man­ager Brett Glid­don says the beams are lifted at night to min­imise dis­rup­tion, but for safety rea­sons the traf­fic lanes below need to be closed when the beams are be­ing placed.

The con­crete beams are be­ing car­ried into place by a yel­low gantry which was named Dennis, in mem­ory of a project worker who died of can­cer last year.

Dur­ing the day the gantry will re­main perched above the north­west­ern mo­tor­way, but it will not be work­ing over live traf­fic lanes.

The Trans­port Agency says it plans to open the Water­view tun­nels and in­ter­change in early 2017.

Hard yakka: Dennis the yel­low gantry car­ries beams in place dur­ing work to the Water­view Con­nec­tion project.

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