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Plan for Northwestern closures at Waterview

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Drivers are being advised by the NZ Transport Agency to plan for overnight closures along Auckland’s Northwestern Motorway (State Highway 16) this week for necessary work linked to the construction of the tunnels and interchange at Waterview.

The Transport Agency says the planned closures are linked to the current series of highway motorway improvements to connect the Northwestern and Southwestern (SH20) motorways and complete the Western Ring Route. 

The closures are happening overnight when traffic volumes are lightest to reduce disruption to people travelling. The time of the closures varies. Detours are in place for drivers at each location.  

Monday, 23 March 

  • Full motorway closure westbound from the St Lukes interchange for drainage works.  The St Lukes westbound on-ramp will also be closed (11pm-5am).
  • Great North Road westbound on-ramp closed for interchange construction work (9pm-5am).
  • Great North Road east, or city bound exit closed for preparation work to re-align traffic lanes  (9pm-5am)  

Tuesday, 24  March

  • Full motorway closure westbound from the St Lukes interchange for drainage works.  The St Lukes westbound on-ramp will also be closed (11pm-5am).
  • Great North Road westbound on-ramp closed for interchange construction work (9pm-5m)
  • Great North Road east, or city bound exit closed  for traffic re-alignment (9pm-5am)

Wednesday, 25 March

  • Full motorway closure westbound from the St Lukes interchange to install motorway gantries.  The westbound on ramp at St Lukes will also be closed (11pm-5am)
  • Great North Road westbound on-ramp closed for interchange construction work (9pm-5am)
  • Great North Road east, or city bound exit closed  for traffic re-alignment (9pm-5am)

Thursday, 26 March

  • Full motorway closure westbound from the St Lukes interchange to install motorway gantries.  The westbound on ramp at St Lukes will also be closed (11pm-5am)
  • Great North Road westbound on-ramp closed for interchange construction work (9pm-5am)

Connecting the Southwestern and Northwestern Motorways at Waterview will complete Auckland’s Western Ring Route, a 47-kilometre-long motorway between Albany on the North Shore and Manukau in the south.

The Waterview Connection project is planned to open to traffic in early 2017. It is being delivered by the Well-Connected Alliance which includes the Transport Agency, Fletcher Construction, McConnell Dowell, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Beca Infrastructure, Tonkin & Taylor and Japanese construction company Obayashi Corporation.  Sub-alliance partners are Auckland-based Wilson Tunnelling and Spanish tunnel controls specialists SICE.

Key links:- 
www.facebook.com.alicetbm(external link)
www.youtube.com/wcnow(external link)
http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/waterviewconnection(external link)

For more information please contact:

Jan McCarthy
Media Manager - Christchurch

T: 03 964 2885
M: 021 427 442
E: jan.mccarthy@nzta.govt.nz

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