Did you ever used to play that game as a child, or perhaps you still do, that when you drive through a tunnel, you hold your breath?
Well you’ll need a good set of lungs on you if you attempt to hold your breath through Sydney’s new NorthConnex tunnel.
This week, the first end-to-end drive of the 9-kilometre-long tunnel was undertaken, in a major milestone for the project which looks to reduce traffic in Northern Sydney.
The state-of-the-art tunnel features visual displays aimed at keeping drivers focused as they drive through the tunnel.
The congestion-busting twin tunnel will change the way people travel across North Sydney, with the $3 billion tunnel nearing completion.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “We are so close to finishing NorthConnex and just today we’ve got around 400 workers across 11 sites.”
It means across Sydney we’ll be getting you home sooner and safer.Prime Minister Scott Morrison
“It also shows our ongoing successful partnership in creating jobs with the New South Wales Government.”
The introduction of the new M1-M2 link means motorists will be able to by-pass 40 traffic lights on the Pacific Highway to the CBD.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “NorthConnex will return local streets to local communities by taking up to 5,000 trucks per day off Pennant Hills Road, easing congestion, improving safety and local air quality, and reducing traffic noise.”
The NorthConnex has already been a game-changer for Sydney with construction powering ahead and creating 8,700 jobs.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said: “Our $100 billion 10-year infrastructure pipeline is delivering projects that make a real difference to everyday lives.”
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said: “The benefits of NorthConnex are endless, people travelling from the north will save up to 15 minutes getting into the city.”
“It also means you can drive from Newcastle to Melbourne without a single set of traffic lights, which is great news for the people of the Central Coast.”