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Major water upgrades starting on Cuba Street

Monday January 13 2020

Work is beginning this week on replacing some of the city’s oldest buried pipes.

Photo shows Cuba Street with sun in the background.

Cuba Street businesses will continue to be open during construction.

Over the next four months, both the wastewater and water pipes along Cuba Street between Rangitikei Street and Taonui Street are being replaced.

The pipes are some of the oldest pieces of infrastructure in the city, at 125 years old.

They’re now showing signs of age with some cracking and need to be upgraded to ensure they will continue to operate reliably long into the future.

Transport and Infrastructure Manager Robert Van Bentum says Cuba Street will remain open.

“To avoid health issues due to contamination, we have to work to remove and install the new wastewater and drinking water pipes at separate times. By doing this we will have enough room in the road to leave it open to traffic although at times traffic flow will operate on a stop-go system.”

He says that small sections of parking will be affected at times, however, access to all businesses and residential properties will be maintained at all times. Businesses will always have access to water and wastewater services.

We know construction work like this can be tough on businesses, so it’d be great if Palmy residents could visit these shops and show their support during the construction period. We’re sorry for the inconvenience this may cause, but this work is vital to ensuring we can continue to supply some of the best water services in the country.”

Robert Van Bentum

Brief closures at Rangitikei Street Intersection.

There will be two instances when the intersection at Rangitikei and Cuba Streets for approximately a week in each case. The dates will be confirmed closer to the time, and the public will be given advanced notice. To complete the critical join, where the pipes meet, the intersection needs to be closed. We’ve ruled out night-time work due to the need for daylight to ensure the accuracy of the work done, and to avoid impacting on the sleep of a large number of residents in this area.

This work enables the next stage of the upgrade to Cuba Street to be advanced.

This work will enable us to continue the upgrade to Cuba Street to make a people-friendly route that connects Central Energy Trust Arena to the City Centre.

In 2019 we completed the first stage of our Cuba Street upgrade between George Street and Pitt Street. The upgrades included narrowing the road, raising part of the road by Distinction Hotel and widening footpaths. We also upgraded street lighting and public seating and planted trees.

This work has seen a 10km/hr drop in vehicle speeds contributing to improved safety for all road users.

These changes will also encourage people into the inner-city streets and bring benefits for our local economy, encouraging people to actively spend more time in the city and enjoy our shops, cafes, restaurants and events.

We’ve started initial design work for this next stage and will be consulting with businesses later in the year. The pipes needed to be replaced urgently and doing the work now will significantly shorten and simplify construction work for the next stage of the Cuba Street upgrade in 2020.