$1.4m project’s costs may rise
The progress of the Airlie Rd bridge, Porirua train station and Pukerua Bay footbridge were among projects Porirua city councillors received a status report on at the first committee meetings of the new triennium.
Detailed designs are complete and tenders are about to close for the Airlie Rd bridge upgrade.
The existing structure, built in 1937, is to be replaced with a twolane bridge, with the span longer to allow for a future third railway track.
The project is estimated to cost about $1.4 million, although the report to the city services committee on November 25 said there were ‘‘potential cost increases’’.
These will be reported to the council in the upcoming tender report.
Porirua City Council’s contribution to an upgrade of Porirua train station is now $ 100,000, with extra money redirected from their Housing New Zealand urban renewal budget.
The report notes that while the $1m upgrade, largely funded by Greater Wellington Regional Council, does not include work on Station Rd, PCC officers are negotiating with KiwiRail for the road to be transferred to the council.
Tenders will be called for the refurbishment of the Pukerua Bay footbridge in the coming weeks. The work will include rust removal, minor structural repairs and new protective paint, to be carried out from January to March.
After an assessment in 2006, $140,000 had been budgeted for this project, but another inspection in May this year increased the estimated cost to $210,000.
The report recommended undertaking all the work at once, rather than in stages, to save costs, and said if the work was not carried out, it was likely the footbridge would need to be closed and removed.
As with the Porirua train station, $70,000 to fund this has been taken from the HNZ urban renewal budget.
Slips, fallen trees and erosion will see PCC spend up to $100,000 this financial year on retaining walls. Currently the budget is $41,320 but the Pope St remedial work cost $44,000 and slips on Murphys and Flightys Rds, a fallen tree on Paekakariki Hill Rd, erosion on Titahi Bay Rd near Onepoto and fixing a failing retaining wall on Takutai Rd have blown the budget.
However, the report said slips on road reserve are eligible for a 45 per cent subsidy from NZ Transport Agency.
There has been a delay on the $200,000 toilet block replacement in the reserve near Paremata Bridge. It was originally planned for the financial year ending 2010, but has been held over ‘‘ to allow time for the development of the [Paremata] village plan’’, which includes a strategy for this reserve.