Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the project was on track to shift 5,000 trucks off Pennant Hills Road and return local roads to local communities.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said; “The project is set to open in 2019, and in just 18 months workers have carved out 14 of 21 kilometres of rock beneath northern Sydney, and completed almost 64 per cent of mainline tunnelling.”
NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance said 20 roadheaders are working 24 hours a day to make sure the project delivers for commuters.
“With tunnelling progressing at around 350 metres per week, we are on track to deliver congestion relief for the thousands of motorists currently stuck in traffic on Pennant Hills Road,” Mr Constance said.
The next stage of work includes the tunnel fit out which begins next year.
The completed NorthConnex project will include twin nine-kilometre tunnels under Pennant Hills Road, allowing motorists to travel between Newcastle and Melbourne without a single set of traffic lights.
APP, in conjunction with Arcadis, is the Independent Certifier for the $3B NorthConnex project in Sydney’s north-west.