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Category: Owairaka

Site Walk

The Crowd

The Crowd

Yesterday was the day of the tunnel boring machine: Together with 20,000 other visitors, we had an opportunity to get a good look at the machine which lies hidden deep in a trench cut through the basalt. (The tunnelling will take place in softer clay below the rock.)…

Boring, Boring!

Cutting Head, Alice TBM

Cutting Head, Alice TBM

Cranes featured on and off recently on this blog, the reason being the construction of the Waterview Connection, a major tunnelling project for State Highway 20, completing eventually a ring route around Auckland.

Main protagonist in the exercise is the Tunnel Boring Machine (“Alice TBM“), a gigantic beast of 14.5 metres diameter which will chew its way 2.4 km from Owairaka to Waterview and then back again.…

Tension wil be high

High Tension Cable

High Tension Cable

A high tension cable carrying 22kV to 33kV has been installed between Blockhouse Bay substation and the construction site at State Highway 20, where it will power the Tunnel Boring Machine (going by the name of ‘Alice’). On one of my visits to the site I watched technicians joining cables and one of them explaining proceedings.…

Big Boys’ Toys

The Grader

The Grader

One more from the construction site of State Highway 20, by Alan Wood Park, Hendon Avenue. The walkway gets you up close and personal with the big machinery building the temporary road for construction traffic. …

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