Sentry Box, Waterview
… at least not above ground. This sentry box overlooks the slope going down from Great North Road to Oakley Creek (Waterview). The entire area is studded with sensors, watching out for any subsidence; theodolites and guards keeping watch. Below ground is where the action is: Alice, the TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) is approaching its northern destination (well, it could still be a couple of months before “she” emerges above ground). Any movement detected by the sensors would not be good news. (Behind the sentry box you can spot red flowers of coral trees.)
See the Herald for more. Or Alice’s Facebook page.
At the construction site of the Waterview connection (State Highways 16 and 20 to be joined with a tangle of flyovers).
You can see what happened on top of the platform here.
Oak trees at Waterview, last light of the day.
Gantry at Waterview
One of the attractions at the Waterview construction site is this yellow gantry which has been named “Dennis”. It is used to put the 65-tonne concrete beams onto the supports to eventually form the flyovers connecting State Highways 16 and 20.
Seen through the construction fence at Waterview.
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Coexistence of pedestrians and pedalers at Waterview.
Obscure messages litter the streets around Waterview.
Optional ManHoles, corrected codes, you can even find Easter, should you have missed it earlier this year, or have you heard of Cone Penetration Tests? (All this will help in the construction of the Waterview Connection of State Highway 20.)
Cone Penetration Test?
Easter is Here!
Words and Images
Signs at the foot of the pedestrian/cyclists overbridge in Waterview. The WCA (Well Connected Alliance — the consortium which operates the big construction site for the tunnel) gives you a choice; but someone wants you to direct your steps towards Waterview/Avondale instead of the City.
Kuaka Park, Waterview
Kuaka Park playground has emerged from the former Saxon Reserve in the course of the upheavals of the Waterview Connection of State Highway 20. Climbing structures assembled from dodecahedral shapes.
Kuaka is the Maori name for the godwit (limosa lapponica), a migratory bird which visits New Zealand during our summer and then returns to Alaska to breed in their summer. (It is unlikely that a godwit has ever been seen in the closer vicinity of the park…).
Kuaka Park, Waterview
Flock of Cranes, Waterview Connection
The Oakley Creek/Waterview area usually boasts numbers of white-faced herons, but now the cranes are roosting here, and they will stay for the long run.
Massive grids of reinforcing steel are manufactured behind the fences, hoisted up on the cranes and buried underground. “Well-Connected Alliance” is the name of the construction consortium, comprising Fletcher Construction, MacDow, Obayashi Corporation, Beca, Parsons Brinkerhoff and Tonkin and Taylor.
The overview picture was shot from yesterday’s bridge.
Construction Site, Waterview Connection