Traf­fic flow dis­rupted in the city


Traf­fic re­stric­tions that have dogged mo­torists on Ferguson St out­side Pak ‘n Save for the past two months have spilled out on to Fitzher­bert Ave.

Move­ments through the busy in­ter­sec­tion were re­stricted through the mid­dle of the day on Fri­day as the project to in­stall a new storm wa­ter pipe from Lin­ton St to Fitzher­bert Ave drew to an end.

Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil wa­ter and waste ser­vices man­ager Robert Van Ben­tum said move­ments would be re­stricted through the in­ter­sec­tion un­til the work was fin­ished.

In par­tic­u­lar, ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling along Ferguson St to­ward The Plaza would not be able to turn right into Fitzher­bert Ave to­ward the Fitzher­bert Bridge.

A 30 kilo­me­tre per hour speed re­stric­tion would ap­ply through the in­ter­sec­tion dur­ing that time.

The work had started at the be­gin­ning of July.

It in­volved deep ex­ca­va­tion to lay huge 1350mm di­am­e­ter stormwa­ter pipes in­tended to im­prove the ca­pac­ity of the city’s storm wa­ter net­work.

The project was sched­uled to be fin­ished on Fri­day, de­pend­ing on the weather.

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