The Waterview Connection is New Zealand's most complex road project to date. This remarkable project has helped to reduce travel time and congestion for Auckland’s commuters and visitors.
As Auckland continues to grow, so does the use of its already stretched motorway network. Enter Waterview Connection, New Zealand’s largest and most ambitious roading project. Opened to commuters on 2 July 2017, five years after construction began, the Waterview Connection has made a significant impact on the city of sails.
The $1.4 billion project has helped reduce Auckland commuters’ dependence on key routes, including the iconic harbour bridge. It has also helped commuters and visitors get in and around Auckland smoothly; plus links Auckland to its regional neighbours, like Northland and Waikato.
Waterview Connection was the last segment of Auckland’s south-western motorway and the final link for the 48-kilometre Western Ring Route. The 5kms of three-lane motorway includes two parallel 2.4km-long tunnels, and seven major bridge structures.
On average, 3000 to 5000 vehicles travel in each direction during peak hours. And travel time for those going from Auckland’s CBD to the airport has been reduced by approximately 20 minutes.
But Waterview Connection hasn’t only resulted in a more reliable motorway network. Aucklanders can now enjoy improved recreational facilities, like playgrounds and parks, and new cycling and walking connections.
- 2016 NZ Planning Institute - Best Practice – Consultation and participation strategies and/or processes - Waterview Playground design
- 2015 NZTA GEM Award – Connecting with the Community – Big Project, Big Heart
- 2015 NZ Surveyor Institute - Waterview Tunnel Northern Portal Calibration Zone Monitoring
- 2014 Bentley Be Inspired Awards - Innovation in Roads category
- 2014 NZTA GEM Award – Teaming Up - Building Consent Exemption Charter
Main image courtesy of Greg Kempthorne.