Diggers on display at motorway open day

The public got a chance to see the ‘big kit’ cutting out the new motorway.

About a thousand residents from Warkworth and surrounds were bussed from the Warkworth Showgrounds to the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway to get a glimpse of the progress at an open day last month.

On display were plenty of pieces of ‘big kit’ including the 72,000 kg, 750 horsepower Komatsu bulldozer with a 18.5 cubic metre capacity blade.

The motorway is more than two years into its five year construction programme and crews have been working every day on what is proving to be one of the largest national roading projects to date.

NX2 chief executive Vicente Valencia said the project was set to break a record in moving four million cubic metres of earthworks in just one season, between October and April.

Previously, moving that kind of volume during the cut and fill process had taken about a year.

Subcontractors have carried out more than 20 rock blasts, each producing an average of 15-20,000 cubic metres of rock, with the biggest blast producing 74,000 cubic metres.

More than 350 staff across sub-contractors and suppliers have been working on the project.


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