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Waterview Tunnel to have extra open days

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/06/2017

Auckland's Waterview Tunnel will open to traffic in early July - but open days will give the public a chance to inspect it at a more leisurely pace.

The $1.4 billion Waterview Connection, including twin 2.4km-long three-lane tunnels, is being billed as the biggest transport transformation in Auckland since the Harbour Bridge was opened in 1959.

They are the longest road tunnels in the country.

The project has been in construction for five years and the opening was delayed while an intermittent fault in the software for the jet fan and water extraction pump system was fixed.

There is a ceremonial opening on June 18 and public open days on June 18 and June 25 are already fully booked.

But on Monday Transport Minister Simon Bridges said three extra open days have been added - a cycle day on June 23 and walk-through days on June 26 and 27 - in order to give people a close-up look at the country's "most ambitious roading project".

"There has been strong interest from members of the public wanting to experience the tunnel, with more than 42,000 people snapping up tickets so far," he said.

Mr Bridges said the tunnel would largely complete the Western Ring Route, a new 48km route linking the west of Auckland, Manukau, the city and the North Shore.

The open day events will be free but people will need to book their place online. Go to nzta.govt.nz/waterview for more information.

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