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Largest ever coordinated street, power phone works

Largest ever co-ordinated street, power and phone works

Residents and businesses in the Rosebank peninsula area are to benefit from a major street improvement programme about to start in their area next week. This programme is possible thanks to a new partnership between Auckland City, Vector and Telecom.

Under the banner ‘Dig Once’, Auckland City and its partners are to co-ordinate all street works in a major upgrade of the street environment in the Rosebank peninsula area.

The three partners will spend about $12million during the project. It is the largest co-ordinated street upgrade programme ever undertaken in the wider Auckland area.

Overhead power and phone lines will be removed and placed underground by Vector and Telecom and Auckland City will upgrade the pavements and install improved street lighting. Where appropriate, the council will also renew fixed street features like rubbish bins, seats and bus shelters.

Councillor Greg McKeown, Auckland City Council’s transport committee chairperson, considers the project to be a positive benchmark for how the city will be upgraded in the future.

“The Rosebank peninsula area is the first to benefit from this new way of working, and as new priority areas are identified we’ll be working together to do more of the same for residents in other parts of the city,” Councillor McKeown said.

The Rosebank peninsula area was identified as a priority for the intensive upgrade.

The co-ordinated works also means disruption to residents and businesses is minimised.

“In working together with Vector and Telecom we have reduced the need to return to the same area for a long time in the future. That’s good news for local residents and good news for the city. By working together we’re doing a better job and using ratepayers’ money more effectively,” Councillor McKeown said.

As part of its $2million contribution to the project, Auckland City is installing a new on/off switching system for some of the streetlights in the area. Traditionally streetlights are controlled by the ripple system, that transmits a signal down the power line to switch the lights on and off. A new light-sensitive photocell is to be installed on top of the streetlights which will switch the light on and off as natural light drops or rises above a certain level. This system is a first for Auckland City and is a trial for future streetlight installations in other areas of the city.

Work commences on Monday 28 July in Rosebank Rd near Copsey Place, Mead Street and Emerald Avenue. The project encompasses the Avondale area from Great North Road along Rosebank Road all the way to the North-western motorway, and is expected to be completed in April 2004.

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