Many guests from politics, such as the senior civil servant of the Canton of Basel-Landschaft Sabine Pegoraro or the senior civil servant of the Canton of Solothurn Roland Fürst and other cantonal and municipal representatives, as well as the director of the Federal Roads Service (FEDRO) Jürg Röthlisberger and many coworkers of Marti AG greeted the miners and their statue of Saint Barbara after the breakthrough. Gratitude was expressed for the miners, who had excavated 550'000 cubic meters of rock and who had overcome all the challenges of the complex geology with tireless commitment, and for Saint Barbara for her protection and support during the entire, accident-free excavation works.
The breakthrough represents an important milestone. The shell of the new tunnel tube will be built reliably and the operating and security equipment will be installed in the next few years. Earlier than expected, the tunnel will be operational by 2021.