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Major water upgrades get underway

Wednesday October 6 2021

Motorists travelling around the Cloverlea roundabout, or around a part of Church Street, will experience delays or diversions over the coming months as we upgrade two major water mains.

This important work will protect Palmy’s safe drinking water supply and wastewater services in the future.

Cloverlea work starts on Monday 11 October

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While work starts on site this coming Monday, we are going to set the traffic management up on Sunday to test how it works and make any final tweaks to ensure the intersection flows as smoothly as possible.

The project is expected to take two months, finishing in early December. We will start with replacing the water pipe, which is close to 60 years old and supplies a major part of the city with water. We are upgrading it to be a type of plastic which can move and bend, making it more resilient if an earthquake struck.

Once that work is complete, our roading contractors, Fulton Hogan, will repair the road and reseal the road around the intersection.

We are doing the two projects in conjunction to minimise disruption to residents and businesses.

Entrances and exits to Gillespies Line and Botanical Road will be closed

To ensure we can do this work as quickly and safely as possible, and to minimise the impacts on road users and nearby businesses, we have made the tough decision to close the entrance/exit to Botanical Road and Gillespies Line around the roundabout to all road users for the duration of the construction. Footpaths will remain open.

Tremaine Ave will remain open at all times, but operate under a Stop/Go. There will also be reduced speed limits. We will have diversions in place to show motorists how to move around the construction site. We will be working from 7am-5pm weekdays. On weekends, the roading network will operate as it currently does, if safe to do so.

If you can use an alternate route for your journey, we’d encourage you to do so. Alternatively, please build some extra time into your commute.

All access to businesses and homes will remain open

Residents who live in or near the work zone will be able to access their homes as usual. All businesses around the Cloverlea Roundabout and on Admiral Place will remain open. We’re ensuring there is access to the carparks of these businesses at all times.

We’re asking Palmy residents to please go out of their way to visit and support these local businesses while this important construction project is underway.

Church Street work starts Monday 18 October

We are also upgrading the wastewater pipe and the connections to properties on Church Street between Princess Street to Victoria Ave.

As this work requires connections to an operating wastewater pipe, we need to close the road fully for health reasons. Large trenches to access the pipe, which runs through the middle of the road, will be fenced off for the safety of residents. As we will also be replacing some of the connections to houses and businesses we will at times also be needing to remove and replace some of the footpaths.

Footpaths will remain open for pedestrian access.

While the road is closed to through traffic, access for residents, businesses, customers and waste and other utility providers will remain open throughout the construction period, with access from the Victoria Ave end.

Wastewater services for these residents and businesses will function as normal throughout the construction period. If we do need to do any temporary shutdowns, we will let residents and businesses know in advance.

We'll keep you updated

Both projects will have some impact on bus services. We encourage bus users to look at the Horizons Regional Council website to see how the construction affects your journey.

We will continue to keep local residents, businesses and other organisations nearby up to date during construction of both projects and will post updates on the Council Facebook page.

We want to apologise for the inconvenience this will cause, but hope residents understand how important this work is to ensure Palmy continues to have some of the best water services in the country.