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Durham Street project update - Friday, 26 July 2019

It has been noted that traffic speeds have been dangerously increasing through the site recently. We would like to remind everyone that the site has a 30kph speed limit. This speed limit has been put in place for a number of reasons, but mainly for the safety of the contractors and staff working, and for pedestrians who may step onto the roadway unexpectedly. 

The site is monitored by CCTV and information may be used in situations to prosecute dangerous drivers through the site.

Please drive safe! 

Spring Street and Durham Street Intersections

  • Tactile pavers have been installed this week. 
  • Work will continue on the footpath cobblestone work, tactile pavers next week.
  • A small retaining wall will be constructed on the north east corner of the intersection next week.

Durham Street

There is a planned water shutdown on the East side of Durham Street from 7am to 10am on this Sunday (28 July) to allow us to alter the position of the water meters outside Trustpower. Those affected have been notified.

Outside Carpark building

  • Cobblestone work between the footpath and the roadway on lane one will be completed next week. The lane will be open to traffic mid next week 
  • Lane two will then be closed, excavated and prepared for the concrete layers. Please be careful entering and exiting the carpark through this phase of the work, as our staff will be working between live traffic lanes.  
  • There will be some minor drainage work to complete in the rain gardens before the gardens are backfilled in the next two weeks.   

Outside Trustpower and Beaurepaires

  • The cement treated basecourse aggregate on the footpath has been laid to Beaurepaires this week.
  • The first of the concrete footpath in this area has been poured this week and will be poured progressively through to Beaurepaires next week.
  • More concrete pavement outside Trustpower will continue next week.

From Beaurepaires to Elizabeth Street

  • The large environmental manhole was installed this week. During the work, we discovered some damage to a stormwater pipe which had been gradually eroding the surrounding subsoil creating a tomo. This section of stormwater pipe will be replaced and the ground reinstated. Luckily none of the adjacent buildings were affected, but it’s fortunate that we found this before it got any bigger increasing the likelihood of collapse of the above footpath.
  • Preparation work for kerb and channel up to Aspire building is underway with kerbing expected to be poured next week.
  • Excavation of the footpath and roadway outside Aspire has begun.
  • There will be a direct access to Aspire and the University of Waikato building from the west side of Durham Street while the footpath is excavated up to Base Station.
  • Base Station and Folks Coffee will still be accessed from Elizabeth Street as is currently the situation. 
  • Cement treated basecourse aggregate will be laid on the footpath and roadway up to Aspire entranceway next week.

Stormwater pipe which had been gradually eroding the surrounding subsoil creating a tomo
Photo: Stormwater pipe which had been gradually eroding the surrounding subsoil creating a tomo.

Outside Rock shop

  • Cobblestone work at the entranceway will be completed next week. Please take care when walking through this area.  

Durham Lane

  • The crossing of the lane to Spring Street has been excavated and should be asphalted next week.
  • The section from Durham Street to the Bongard Centre will be closed to local vehicles and all pedestrians next week while work begins on the upgrade of this lane. Work includes ducting for service cables, street lighting and pavement renewal. Work should take about three weeks.

Please be advised that this newsletter update will conclude at the end of the Durham Street and Durham Lane upgrade in October 2019.

Please contact Keith Campbell our Stakeholder Manager if you have any concerns or questions regarding the construction.

Posted: Jul 26, 2019,
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