Australia’s deepest road tunnel, NorthConnex, completes the missing link in the country’s national transport network according to Transurban.
The dual nine kilometre tunnel in Sydney, linking the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills, features large 3.5 metre lanes that accommodate vehicles up to 5.1 metres high.
New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance, said drivers will bypass 21 sets of traffic lights along Pennant Hills Road and up to 5,000 trucks a day will be removed from this busy road corridor, easing congestion and improving safety.
NorthConnex opened on Saturday 31 October 2020.
Premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian was joined by the Federal Minister for Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge, Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance, Transurban CEO Scott Charlton, local MPs and workers at the official opening event.
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said NorthConnex had delivered thousands of jobs to support hard-working families and now motorists would benefit for generations to come.
“This is one of the most significant and eagerly anticipated road infrastructure projects ever delivered in Australia,” said Morrison.
New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said the project has been a major driver of employment, creating around 8,700 jobs for the state.
“Around 300 businesses from the Western Sydney area and another 50 from the Central Coast have also contributed to the project, highlighting the opportunities this project has created for local suppliers and contractors,” said Berejiklian.