Date with Alice auctioned off
The huge boring machine known as Alice is taking on a charitable role to help in the fight against cancer.
Four tickets are being auctioned on Trade Me for people to visit the machine which is being used to construct the Waterview motorway tunnels.
All proceeds from the online auction will go to the Cancer Society as part of the Waterview Connection workers’ fundraising campaign to collect $20,000 for cancer research.
Well-Connected Alliance project director John Burden says it provides a great opportunity to be at the edge of the country’s largest ever roading project while supporting a cause that’s personal for many of the team.
The project’s big lifting gantry which is helping to construct the motorway-to-motorway interchange at Waterview is named after Alliance worker Dennis Wereta, who died of cancer at the age of 33. It’s painted yellow in his honour.
When the successful bidders visit next year they will also be able to see the work Dennis the gantry is doing above ground, Burden says.
The Well-Connected Alliance is constructing the Waterview Connection to link the northwestern and southwestern motorways for the NZ Transport Agency. The two three-lane tunnels and adjoining motorway-to-motorway interchange are due to open to traffic in early 2017.