Members of the public can now buy their own piece of roading history as the NZ Transport Agency’s $1.4 billion Waterview Connection project sells off machinery and equipment no longer needed.
The project which is building twin road tunnels and interchanges as part of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, is embarking on its final full year of work and as that progresses some specialist equipment will have served its purpose.
The items range from water blasters to the huge 140 tonne yellow gantry named Dennis, that became a familiar site to motorists on the Northwestern Motorway.
A TradeMe auction site operated by Turners Auctions launches today at 4pm and will sell general goods, trucks and mobile machinery from the project each month.
Other industrial and specialised items are being sold via graysonline.co.nz, including ‘Dennis’, the 98 metre long gantry that was designed and built in Italy to place enormous concrete beams onto columns for the project’s four-ramp interchange.
“The items we’re selling to the public over the course of the year are suitable for use on smaller or similar large scale New Zealand or overseas projects,” says the Well-Connected Alliance Project Manager, John Burden.
“While we expect the items will mostly be bought by specialist operators this is a chance for the public to keep a part of New Zealand’s largest and most ambitious roading project.”
“The tunnels and interchange that are due to open in 2017 will have the biggest impact on the way people travel around and through Auckland since the opening of the Auckland Harbour Bridge in 1959,” says Mr Burden.
A TradeMe auction will run each month with the volume and types of machinery and equipment available depending on the completion of project phases.
To buy machinery and equipment on Graysonline, prospective purchasers must submit an offer prior to 12pm on Monday 29 February 2016 however any items can be sold prior to the advertised close date.
Several items of machinery and equipment from the project have already been purchased by private and public buyers after being put to tender last year. They include pre-fab buildings, and a warehouse which collected more than 790,000 metres of spoil excavated from the tunnels.
The Waterview Connection project opens in early 2017 and consists of two 2.4km tunnels and four interchange ramps at the northern entrance of the tunnels to connect the Southwestern and Northwestern Motorways (State Highways 20 and 16).