Cur­ran St con­fu­sion

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

CHAOS is un­fold­ing on Cur­ran St as un­ex­pected set­backs ham­per ef­forts to fin­ish wa­ter main di­ver­sion work be­fore the school hol­i­days fin­ish.

A num­ber of res­i­dents have ex­pressed con­cern over likely de­lays to the project, while a lo­cal wa­ter main has also been dam­aged in the process.

Dig­ging started early Jan­uary to move a ma­jor North Shore wa­ter main away from St Marys Bay be­cause of Vic­to­ria Park tun­nel works.

Vic­to­ria Park Al­liance stake­holder man­ager Dar­ren Ut­ting says work will con­tinue through­out the long week­end in a bid to be fin­ished by Tues­day.

“It is a very de­mand­ing pro­gramme and the ground con­di­tions and num­ber of un­der­ground ser­vices we’ve en­coun­tered have been worse than ex­pected.

“Nev­er­the­less, the construction team has worked very hard on ex­tended hours to get this done.”

He says work­ers aim to fin­ish lay­ing the pipe to­day, re­build the road over the week­end and re­seal the street on Mon­day.

Mr Ut­ting says an aged wa­ter main near the pipe trench has been af­fected twice.

“Leaks were de­tected on the main line pos­si­bly be­cause the old brit­tle pipe did not with­stand the weight of com­paction ma­chin­ery.

“The sec­ond time a feed off the main leaked when the trench was ex­ca­vated and the nor­mal means of sup­port­ing the wa­ter pipe was not present.”

He says Metrowa­ter was called in to carry out emer­gency re­pairs.

But res­i­dent and re­source man­age­ment act ex­pert Paul Cavanagh, QC, says the project has gone from blun­der to blun­der. “The coun­cil are de­mand­ing they are out by Fe­bru­ary 2 but that is be­com­ing im­pos­si­ble.”

He says the haste may spoil the ef­fec­tive­ness of the work.

Four peo­ple at­tended a meet­ing at Mr Cavanagh’s home on Mon­day where he learned that work com­ple­tion is weather de­pen­dent.

The Auck­land City Coun­cil also is­sued a ver­bal warn­ing to work­ers who had parked ma­chin­ery un­der the drip-line of pro­tected trees in the street.

“On the one hand they are crack­ing the whip. The right hand doesn’t know what the left is do­ing. It is con­fused bu­reau­cracy and they all duck for cover,” Mr Cavanagh says of the coun­cil.

How­ever he ap­plauds con­trac­tors and the al­liance, say­ing they have been do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to work with res­i­dents and al­le­vi­ate con­cerns.

A coun­cil spokesper­son says they ex­pect to meet the Fe­bru­ary 2 tar­get but has re­quested a con­tin­gency plan in the event of de­lays.

Cur­ran St res­i­dent Mike Mil­don says the thing af­fect­ing him the most is the noise. “It’s just con­stant.” “There’s been a lack of con­sul­ta­tion, just some coloured pho­to­copy in the mail.”

He says it was only 12 months ago that the road was re­done.

David and San­dra O’Brien are ren­o­vat­ing their Cur­ran St home and say work­ers have been good to deal with.

“I hope they can get the seal right,” says Mrs O’Brien.

Auck­land Cen­tral MP Nikki Kaye has writ­ten a let­ter to coun­cil ask­ing for as­sur­ances that stan­dards will not be com­pro­mised.

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