$1.4m project’s costs may rise

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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