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Auckland City And Transit Coordinating Works

12 April 2002

Auckland City And Transit New Zealand Coordinating Works

Auckland City and Transit NZ are working together to ensure adequate drainage capacity for Transit New Zealand’s Grafton Gully Project. The two organisations have agreed to co-ordinate stormwater works planned by Auckland City for Stanley Street, with Transit’s activities over the next two years on the Grafton Gully Project.

As a result, Auckland City have brought forward $1 million worth of planned works from the 2004/2005 financial year. This will enable construction of a 2.3m diameter stormwater pipeline - along Stanley St and into The Strand - to be implemented within the overall Grafton Gully Project plan.

Transit New Zealand’s Auckland Regional Manager, Wayne McDonald, says it became obvious in the early stages of design and construction that construction of the pipeline was necessary for the long term success of the Grafton Gully Project.

“Transit has requirements relating to flooding on motorways and state highways and constructing the stormwater pipeline will ensure that these requirements are met,” explains Mr McDonald.

Council’s Works Committee estimates it will save at least $500,000 in overall expenditure for Auckland City. Savings are expected to come through better pipeline routing, more efficient project planning and traffic management, and by avoiding the need to dig up and then reinstate the road surface after the completion of the Grafton Gully Project.

“This is an excellent result for ratepayers, the council and members of the public,” says Works Committee chairman Councillor Bill Christian.

“It is also an excellent example of the level of co-operation between council’s utility planning department, Transit New Zealand, and other utility operators affected by construction,” says Cr Christian.

Transit New Zealand also expects maintenance savings to result from the coordinated approach.

“Reinstating pavements after excavation makes roads less durable and increases maintenance costs,” says Mr McDonald. “By constructing the pipeline before pavement is laid on the new road alignment, future maintenance costs will be minimised.”

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