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Wastewater pipes given new lease of life

6 Nov 2020

Wastewater pipes given new lease of life

Council's contractors are continuing relining work on large wastewater pipes around inner Gisborne to prolong their life. Today work will start on the Peel Street Bridge along Fitzherbert Street outside the Gisborne District Council building, and across the Peel Street Bridge. 

On Friday of next week (13 November) they are scheduled to start work on the pipe crossing under the Gladstone Road Bridge.

“People have been noticing the works going on, and particularly the orange bypass pipes that our contractors have set up,” said  Neville West, 4 Waters infrastructure manager.

“These latest works will affect traffic on the Peel Street Bridge and then next week at the Esplanade/Wainui Rd intersection and Reads Quay/Gladstone Rd/Customhouse intersection.”

He said the areas would be reduced to one lane at times, so it would be worth leaving a little earlier and planning your trip to avoid those intersections if possible.

“We’ll have speed restrictions in place and motorists and residents will certainly notice the works as they’re taking place,” Mr West said.

“Where our contractors can, they will work between 6pm and 6am to minimise traffic disruption.

“We’re relining nearly 1400m of pipes with UV-cured polyester liners, which involves some minor digging, but it speeds up the repair works with as little inconvenience to the public as possible.”

Works started around Gisborne in late October and are on schedule to be finished by 18 December. If any delays arise, work will stop over Christmas and start again in early January next year.

“To minimise disruption to motorists and residents our contractors are laying bypass pipes in the middle of the road or in the gutters where possible,” Mr West said.

“Traffic management has been set up and speed restrictions apply for the duration of the works.

“We thank the public for their patience and ask that they consider taking an alternative route to avoid delays.”

Council’s contactor for the works is Hydrotech Ltd, and details of progress and forthcoming works are on their website http://relinenz.com/Gisborne/overview(external link)