Tunnel shuts six weeks after opening


Northbound lanes of Waterview Tunnel will close for maintenance for three nights, about six weeks after the tunnel first opened.
The closures will happen this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The NZ Transport Agency says the work was scheduled and the tunnel will be fully closed for maintenance every three months.
Brett Gliddon, NZTA’s system design manager, said the agency understood travellers would be frustrated by the closure.
“But ongoing maintenance is really important to keep the tunnel operating safely and efficiently.
“The maintenance will involve checking and testing electronic equipment such as smoke detectors, fire hydrants and deluge systems and is required as part of the manufacturer’s guarantees and the building code,” Mr Gliddon said.
Similar maintenance closures happen in the Victoria Park Tunnel and the Johnstones Hill Tunnels on the Orewa to Puhoi toll road. NZME

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