Update: this project is on hold
The tender we received exceeded our budget for the work, so we are now considering options for a way forward. Although we know residents will be inconvenienced by the delay to this project, the Karori tunnel underwent significant earthquake strengthening in 2012.
Previous major work on Karori Tunnel
We completed essential earthquake-strengthening work on the Karori Tunnel portals and nearby banks in 2012. An earthquake assessment of the tunnel showed that the portal walls at the tunnel entrances and nearby slopes were likely to suffer significant damage in a major earthquake. The work was part of the Council's ongoing programme to strengthen important transport routes and earthquake-prone structures.
About Karori Tunnel
Karori Tunnel was built in 1900 and is Wellington's oldest road tunnel. It links Karori with Kelburn and the city centre and is regularly used by motorists, pedestrians and buses. Around 114,000 vehicles pass through the tunnel each week.
Jone Sumasafu, Project Engineer
Transport & Infrastructure