Auckland has Arrived


13 July 2017

WSP | PB: Waterview Tunnel, New Zealand’s largest roading project was officially opened to traffic on Sunday, 2 July 2017. It is the first major project over NZ $1 billion to be built in Auckland, and is the biggest and most complex venture the city has undertaken to date.

The project marks a turning point for major infrastructure growth and investment in the thriving region.

WSP’s New Zealand Regional Director, Derek McCoy, spoke about the significance of the project for the city of Auckland and commended the efforts of the NZ Transport Agency.

‘Waterview will act as a catalyst for investment in other major transport infrastructure projects to improve travel in the city, as we’ve seen with newer projects like Auckland City Rail Link.

‘Together with the NZ Transport Agency and our alliance partners we have created an innovative, world class transport link that will greatly improve the way our people and freight travel around Auckland.

‘By employing a strong local team supplemented by global technical specialists, we have been able to create an innovative design solution.

‘Our design included an innovative solution to turn the tunnel boring machine around 180 degrees in a confined space, resulting in significant time and cost savings. Our team also developed an innovative fire and life safety system,  streamlined the city’s building consents approvals and navigated Auckland’s challenging geotechnical conditions.’ said Mr McCoy.

The NZ $1.4 billion Waterview Tunnel completes the missing link in Auckland’s motorway network, providing a direct route from the airport to the city.

WSP was a design partner on the Well-Connected Alliance which oversaw delivery of the 4.8 km three-lane motorway, 2.4 km twin tunnels, motorway interchange and community amenities.




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