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PEGASUS POST Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />

Thursday <strong>April</strong> 8 <strong>2021</strong> 3<br />

Four-week delay to completion<br />

of Woolston Village upgrade<br />

BROUGHAM ST motorists may<br />

WORK ON the multi-million<br />

dollar upgrade of Woolston<br />

Village has been extended for<br />

four weeks, with contractors<br />

now expected to finish at the<br />

end of this month.<br />

City council planning and<br />

delivery manager Lynette Ellis<br />

said the streetscape project has<br />

experienced delays due to the<br />

complex nature of the work.<br />

The upgrades include installing<br />

new pedestrian crossings,<br />

mini plazas, wider footpaths,<br />

cycle lanes, and landscaping,<br />

which were meant to be completed<br />

by the end of last month.<br />

“Unfortunately, when you’re<br />

working underneath the ground<br />

unexpected things happen or<br />

things don’t go to plan. As a result,<br />

our contractor’s work programme<br />

has progressed more<br />

slowly than originally planned,”<br />

said Ellis.<br />

“This is a fairly complex<br />

project involving the renewal of<br />

100-year-old wastewater pipes<br />

and working around a network<br />

of underground services. The<br />

contractor has also had to contend<br />

with significant concrete<br />

foundations and steel tram<br />

UNEXPECTED: The Woolston Village upgrades will now take one month longer than<br />

planned.<br />

PHOTO: NEWSLINE ​<br />

tracks that date back to the days<br />

when trams rattled along Ferry<br />

Rd towards Sumner.’’<br />

The project is currently on<br />

track to finish at the end of this<br />

month, instead of March as<br />

originally indicated.<br />

The team will also complete<br />

the bulk of the planting and<br />

landscaping work during the<br />

winter months.<br />

“We know parts of this project<br />

have been noisy and disruptive<br />

and want to thank the Woolston<br />

community for their patience<br />

and understanding as we upgrade<br />

the Village centre,’’ Ellis<br />

said<br />

“Woolston’s vibrant business<br />

centre is open for business, so I<br />

encourage people to keep shopping<br />

locally and support your<br />

community.<br />

“On-street parking on Ferry<br />

Rd isn’t available right now,<br />

but there’s lots of alternative<br />

parking around the village. It<br />

might mean a bit of a walk, but<br />

Woolston businesses would love<br />

to see you.”<br />

Pipe repairs<br />

likely to<br />

disrupt traffic<br />

experience delays over the coming<br />

months as work is carried out<br />

to replace an ageing stormwater<br />

pipe underneath the Barrie St<br />

intersection.<br />

The brick barrel pipe dates back<br />

to 1910 and has reached the end of<br />

its life.<br />

“The work will be carried out<br />

over the next two to three months<br />

and will be done in stages to reduce<br />

the disruption to traffic,’’ said city<br />

council stormwater and waterways<br />

programme manager Keith Davison.<br />

“While the work is carried<br />

out, we will be maintaining two<br />

lanes of traffic in each direction<br />

on Brougham St during the day.<br />

However, there will be a speed reduction<br />

in place and Barrie St and<br />

James K Baxter Pl may be closed at<br />

times.”<br />

Crews will be working at night<br />

as Brougham St will be reduced to<br />

one lane.<br />

“Unfortunately the night work<br />

might disturb residents living<br />

nearby, but the crews will be<br />

working to get the noisy part of the<br />

work done as early as possible in<br />

their shift to keep the disruption to<br />

a minimum.”<br />

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