Gully work prepa­ra­tion

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The ground was blessed at Lanes Flat near Pau­ata­hanui last month, be­fore the es­tab­lish­ment of a site of­fice and com­pound for the Trans­mis­sion Gully con­struc­tion phase.

Up to 120 staff will be ac­com­mo­dated for up to five years at the three-hectare site, which holds par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance for lo­cal iwi.

It is near the site of Ngati Toa leader Te Rangi­haeata’s pa, MataiTaua.

The bless­ing, five months after the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship con­tract was signed be­tween NZ Trans­port Agency and Wellington Gate­way Part­ner­ship, sig­nals that progress is be­ing made to­wards the first ma­jor earth­works sea­son, in the spring/ sum­mer of 2015.

Project di­rec­tor Mick O’Dwyer said es­tab­lish­ing the site of­fice and com­pound would in­volve bring­ing in fill to build up the site, which would mean in­creased traf­fic in the area.

‘‘ We will be tak­ing steps to min­imise the im­pact on our new neigh­bours, in­clud­ing hav­ing a wa­ter cart on site to dampen any dust dur­ing th­ese works,’’ he said.

O’Dwyer said sig­nage would also as­sist res­i­dents, staff and vis­i­tors to nav­i­gate the Pare­mata-Hay­wards ap­proach road.

Tem­po­rary build­ings, called por­ta­coms, would be brought to the three-hectare site to pro­vide of­fice space for about 100 per­ma­nent staff, who were ex­pected to be­gin mov­ing in to­wards the end of the first quar­ter of 2015, he said.

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