'The Carmel Tunnel Project is progressing according to its original timetable," Avi Shmuel, a spokesman for the NIS 1 billion-project told Metro in response to reports last week that the construction "was proceeding more slowly than anticipated." "After initial and expected geological difficulties that hindered digging, the tunnel is now on schedule to be finished by the planned target date at the end of 2010. There is also no problem with the organizing of the labor force of Chinese workers," added Shmuel in response to the Yediot Haifa report. Meanwhile, within the framework of the Carmel Tunnel Project, construction work has begun in earnest to reroute the Sa'adia stream, which flows adjacent to Haifa's Checkpost Junction into the Kishon River. The work is intended to rehabilitate the stream while freeing up space to build a boardwalk alongside the Check Post. In addition, rerouting the stream will make way for the construction of the planned north bridge that will connect the Carmel Tunnels to the Krayot bypass highway. The rehabilitation work is being carried out in conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), the Haifa Municipality and representatives from the Environmental Protection Ministry, and will include the removal from the stream area of cement blocks and refuse that have accumulated over the years, as well as designs to beautify the stream bank.