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Gisborne road and river works update

21 Mar 2012

Gisborne road and river works update

Traffic disruptions are nearly over for some Ormond Road users and just about to begin for others.

Reconstruction of Ormond Road from Vogel Street to the Fitzherbert Street roundabout is now complete. Road markings have been changed to include cycle lanes.

Ormond Road from the Fitzherbert Street roundabout to McLean Street is now ready for sealing. A chip seal weatherproofing layer has been laid and the road is now ready for the final hotmix layer. This work has been held up by bad weather. The hotmix is likely to be put down next week. Hot mix will also be put down at the intersection of Rutene Road and Harris Street.

The final project on Gisborne District Council’s summer roadworks programme is reconstructing 460 metres of Ormond Road between the Wi Pere Street roundabout and Mangapapa Road. Excavation of this portion of road has started. With Evans Funeral Services located in this area, vehicles often line Ormond Road while mourners attend funeral services. To accommodate contractors will try to keep one side of Ormond Road available for parking at all times. There will be parking restrictions in place, and some disruption to traffic. Nearby residents and businesses may notice extra noise and dust although all efforts will be taken to minimise this.

Despite bad weather at times both reconstruction projects are on schedule. The work was required because these sections of road had reached the end of their useful life. The road was cracking and developing wheel ruts. This affects the ride through the intersections and the safety of road users.

Maintenance work on the gas pipeline under the Gladstone Road Bridge has started. Scaffolding will be put up under the bridge to allow contractors to do abrasive blasting and painting. At times the under-bridge walkway will be closed and no pedestrians will be able to use the underpass. This work is likely to take one week.

Replacing 100 year old pipes that run through the middle of Haronga Road is nearly complete. “As long as we get some good weather we hope to have the parts of the road that have been dug up resurfaced by the end of next week,” says wastewater team leader Helen Churton. “After that the plan is to get as much machinery off the site as possible and then ensure the grass is restored.”

The Taruheru River wall repairs are also on target to be completed by the middle of April.

Part of the wall along the city side of the Taruheru River was slipping. The riverbank walkway between Lowe Street and Peel Street and the underpass below Peel Street Bridge has been closed while the work is carried out. Piles six metres long are being driven in to the riverbed. Completing the work on time depends on favourable tides and weather.

The Gisborne District Council thanks all road and walkway users for their patience and cooperation.