Preparations for Stage Two of Wastewater Pipeline Project
The Gore District Council is about to move into the second stage of a project to replace one of Gore’s largest and most critical wastewater pipelines.
Contractors expect to start work in about a fortnight to lay the new 900mm pipeline from the current work site in Hyde Street to connect with an existing pipeline at the Eccles/Ardwick street intersection.
The pipeline's route will be:
- Under KiwiRail land in Hyde Street
- Under State Highway 1 – near Harcourts Real Estate, just north of the Crombie/Hyde Street roundabout, and
- Under the Eccles Street playground.
This work is expected to take about six weeks. During that time, there will be disruptions for pedestrians and motorists. These include:
- Main Street – between the Crombie/Hyde Street roundabout and Fairfield Street – the traffic lane will be moved left and the width reduced
- Footpaths will be closed at various times
- A section of the Eccles Street playground will be closed
- Eccles Street will be closed to traffic from Main Street to Ardwick Street
- The southern end of Ardwick Street will be open only to residents’ vehicles
3 Waters Project Engineer Terry Trotter said the Council would advise people about the various stages of work as they happen.
“While the Main Road will still be open, we’d urge people to use alternative routes if possible.
“All heavy traffic will need to use the bypass, which will be reopened before we start on Main Street.”
This project follows work completed over the last couple of years to replace the downstream section of this pipeline along the length of Wigan Street.
The pipeline services the majority of north and central Gore. Its precarious condition was highlighted in 2020 when a large hole appeared in Wigan Street due to the wastewater main collapsing.
The budget for this project is $2.05 million.