Bore un­der free­way for Dar­num pipe­line

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Gipp­s­land Wa­ter’s con­trac­tor has tem­po­rar­ily opened a 7.5m deep shaft be­side Rail­way Av­enue at Dar­num to al­low them to drill a pipe­line un­der the free­way and rail­way.

An­other tem­po­rary shaft will soon be opened on Main Street, near the gen­eral store. Traf­fic de­tours will be in place while the works are com­pleted. Lo­cal res­i­dents have been no­ti­fied.

Con­struc­tion of the 150m sleeved pipe­line un­der the trans­port cor­ri­dor is due for com­ple­tion mid-May.

The pipe un­der the free­way is part of the Moe-War­ragul in­ter­con­nec­tor project.

Once op­er­a­tional, the in­ter­con­nec­tor will help to se­cure wa­ter sup­plies for West Gipp­s­land by en­abling the trans­fer of wa­ter in both di­rec­tions be­tween Moe and War­ragul.

Hor­i­zon­tal di­rec­tional drilling also will be em­ployed in two other lo­ca­tions along the pipe­line to avoid dam­ag­ing sen­si­tive ar­eas in­clud­ing wa­ter­ways and ar­eas of Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tural her­itage.

This tech­nique pro­tects threat­ened na­tive flora and fauna such as large Strz­elecki gum trees, gi­ant Gipp­s­land earth­worms and War­ragul bur­row­ing cray­fish.

Con­struc­tion of the pipe­line is now 90 per cent com­plete, with re­in­state­ment and test­ing un­der­way.

In­stal­la­tion of the me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal com­po­nents for the pump sta­tions as­so­ci­ated with the project has com­menced, and the in­ter­con­nect is on track to be op­er­a­tional by 2019.

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