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Consortium chosen for landmark road project

The New Zealand Transport Agency has chosen the Well-Connected consortium as preferred tenderer for the construction of New Zealand’s biggest and most complex road project, the Waterview Connection.

Well-Connected includes New Zealand and international companies Parsons Brinckerhoff New Zealand, Fletcher Construction, McConnell Dowell Constructors, Obayashi Corporation, Beca Infrastructure and Tonkin & Taylor.

The Waterview Connection, to be finished by 2016, will complete one of the key links in the Western Ring Route around Auckland, providing a 48km motorway alternative to ease pressure on major road artery State Highway 1 and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Well-Connected will construct nearly 5km of new motorway, more than half of which will be underground with traffic driving through two three-lane tunnels. It will be constructed through difficult terrain that consists of soft sedimentary rock and basalt lava flows. Road tunnels are relatively rare in New Zealand.

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