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Riverside Road traffic disruptions while pipeline replaced

23 Apr 2010

Riverside Road traffic disruptions while pipeline replaced

Riverside Road traffic will be disrupted next week as contractors replace stormwater pipes around the Stafford Street and Whitaker Street intersection. Traffic will be restricted to one lane at times. The replacements are likely to take 2 weeks depending on the weather.  

The stormwater infrastructure in this area is near the end of its life and has been budgeted as part of the Whataupoko renewals programme says stormwater engineer Joss Ruifrok. “There is a risk of flooding if the pipe collapsed during heavy rain.”

“This area of Riverside Road is relatively high above the Waimata River.  A 1.8 meter manhole has been made so that floodwater can be controlled before being released into the river. If it was allowed to flow down the steep gradient to the river, the bank would be eroded and the fast water flow could be a danger to river uses,” Mr Ruifrok added. Council apologises for any inconvenience this work causes road users.