NorthConnex tunnels hit halfway

Construction of Sydney’s 9km long NorthConnex twin tunnels has reached the halfway point. Contractor JV on the $2.9bn design build project, Transurban made up of Bouygues and Lend Lease, is using 20 roadheaders, 24 hours per day to deliver the scheme where started construction in 2015 and is due for completion in 2019.Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher and Minister for Transport Andrew Constance remarked on the major project milestone which will change transport in NorthWest Sydney for a generation.

“So far almost 11 out of 21km of future road has been excavated with the project on schedule to deliver congestion relief to the thousands of motorists currently stuck in traffic on Pennant Hills Road each day,” Mr Fletcher said.

Mr Constance said the project was progressing at a cracking pace.

“Tunnelling is progressing at around 400 metres per week with light at the end of the tunnel for motorists,” Mr Constance said.

State Hornsby MP Matt Kean said more than 1.3 million cubic metres of spoil had been removed from the project so far.

“To date, around 500 Olympic sized swimming pools of spoil has been excavated from underneath homes and businesses and is being beneficially reused in projects throughout Sydney, including on the Hornsby Quarry rejuvenation project,” Mr Kean said.

The Australian and NSW governments have each committed $412.33M towards the $3bn project.

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