The crew for Alice deliver

Last night (25th July), a disassembled ‘Alice’, the tunnelling machine to be used on the Waterview Connection, began the first of up to 100 journeys from the Auckland port to the Owairaka site, where she will be reassembled into the behemoth that will bore the two 2.4km tunnels to form the final part of the Western Ring Road link.

The crew for Alice deliver
The crew for Alice deliver

Heavy haulage specialists, Multi-Trans undertook the first of what will be many journeys last night with the heaviest load of the entire shift; the boring head, which was said to weigh around 260 tonnes.

Hauled by two prime mover tractor units, with a pusher rig behind, the load was escorted by a large number of support vehicles, staff and security personnel. Roads were temporarily cordoned off to allow the load to pass unimpeded and were assisted by tow trucks that were on hand to remove any parked cars that were in the way.

With the first load safely delivered to its destination, Sunday will see the largest load transported to site.

The route of the convoy for Sunday will be: Quay Street, Tangihua Street, Beach Road, Anzac Avenue, Symonds Street, Khyber Pass, Nugent St, Normanby Rd, Mt Eden Road, Balmoral Road and Sandringham Road.

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