To: Chief Reporter
From: Rachel Graham, Communications team
Date: 20 June 2008
The 750 mm sewer pipe which has been holding up the completion of road-works on the Ferry Rd/Humphreys Drive intersection is due to arrive in the country on Monday.
The intersection improvements have been progressing well, but parts of it have been on-hold awaiting the arrival of the large new sewer pipe which is to be laid through part of the intersection.
Combining the laying of the sewer pipe with the extensive intersection improvements was intended to minimise the cost and disruption to traffic. Unfortunately the pipe wasn’t able to be delivered in early June as scheduled and this has delayed the completion of the road works.
The pipe is now due to arrive in Port Lyttelton from Saudi Arabia on Monday June 23. As soon as it is cleared through customs it will be delivered to the site and work will begin on laying it.
While that work is being completed the unfinished road surface is not able to be driven on until it is sealed, as the very high volume of traffic, combined with cold and wet weather, could damage the road foundation.
The first stage of laying the pipe will start in the area just west of the Ferry Rd/ Humphreys Drive intersection and continue to the east end of Settlers Crescent.
When the pipe is laid in that area a City Care roading construction team will finish work on the roadway, so traffic can again use Humphreys Drive. That section of the intersection is expected to be reopened to traffic around the end of July.
The second stage of the pipe laying will begin at the west end of Settlers Crescent, and move east to join up with the other section of the pipe.
Project manager Peter Rivers says the Council appreciates how patient and tolerant local road users have been with the situation.
“With a project of this scope, it is distressing that the pipe has caused quite a delay, as the work was scheduled to be complete by the end of June, but will now not be finished until September. Every effort has been made to minimise disruption to traffic flow. It is fortunate that we have two excellent detour routes in Settlers Crescent and Tidal View and these form a very important part of the Traffic Management Plan.”
The traffic management team are constantly tweaking the eighteen different pre-designed detour plans for different situations and requirements of the road works.
Mr Rivers says they have received several very good ideas from cyclists and motorist using the intersection and have implemented several of these to fine tune the temporary detours for better safety and traffic flow.
The intersection improvement project, with two lanes and signals on each of the three arms of the intersection, is scheduled to be use by the end of September, weather permitting.