Dixon Street Wastewater Repairs

Update 24 May

Dixon Street

Both stormwater and wastewater pipes have now been laid. Next week work will begin at the top of Upper Dixon Street installing a new manhole and connecting the pipes.  Once this is complete we will return to the bottom of Dixon Street and work our way back up the hill installing new individual laterals.   We expect this work to be completed by mid-June.

A recommendation on the rehabilitation of the adit has now been peer reviewed.    Next week the report will be submitted for final review and sign-off we will provide you with the agreed option and timeframe for the work as soon as they are available for release. 

Willis Street

Over 36 metres of pipe has been laid so far in the slip lane beside Ghuznee Street this has allowed us to get much of the way passed the St Peters Apartment Building.  The next phase includes the connection to the major wastewater Inceptor, so while we wait for critical components the site will be made secure.  We expect the work to resume in mid-July

Covid19 Alert Level 2

We are working within Alert Level 2 conditions, including social distancing.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Samantha McCluskey – Tel 912 4574 Samantha.McCluskey@wellingtonwater.co.nz 

Sam is Wellington Water’s community liaison person and will respond to any queries you may have.

Online: wellingtonwater.co.nz/work-in-your-area/dixon-street-wastewater-repairs/ 

Wellington City Contact Centre – Tel 499 4444 

WCC is your first point of contact for issues not directly related to the construction work, i.e vandalism. We keep the Contact Centre informed with our key contact details.

  

Update 10 May 2020

Dixon Street

Work is progressing well to replace the waste and storm water pipes. As both pipes are situated at different depths in the ground, we are completing this work in two stages.  The first stage is installing the stormwater pipe from the intersection up the hill into Upper Dixon Street.  We have laid approximately 50 metres of the 70 metres required.  Once this is complete we will then come back down to the intersection and repeat the process for the wastewater pipe. We have completed the work that was required in the intersection, so there should be no further need to work in that part of the road as traffic volumes increase.  

A shortlist of options for the rehabilitation of the adit have been proposed and we are waiting for the final sign-off, hopefully by the end of next week.  The completion of the work will depend on the option selected, so we will provide an update in the next newsletter. 

Willis Street

Work continues in the slip lane beside Ghuznee Street to replace the remaining section of the wastewater pipe.  This work is progressing towards SH1 so we hope it will reduce the impact on residents. 

There will be some noise generated by the work at both sites, but only during normal daytime work hours. No nightworks are planned for either site.

Covid19 Alert Level 2

At this stage we are still working within the protocols in line with Alert Level 3 conditions, including social distancing. In our next update we will provide an update on what Alert Level 2 looks like for us.

Thank you again for your patience as we undertake this work.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Samantha McCluskey – tel 912 4574 Samantha.McCluskey@wellingtonwater.co.nz 

Online: wellingtonwater.co.nz/work-in-your-area/dixon-street-wastewater-repairs/ 

Wellington City Contact Centre – Tel 499 4444 

WCC is your first point of contact for issues not directly related to the construction work, i.e vandalism. We keep the Contact Centre informed with our key contact details.

 

 

Update 23 April 2020

The Dixon Street wastewater repair project is one of Wellington Water’s critical projects for the region and work will be resuming on both sites will from Tuesday, 28 April next week with the shift from Alert Level 4 down to Alert Level 3.

Dixon Street

Work will resume on Tuesday or Wednesday next week to replace the local waste and storm water pipes. The work will start at the intersection of Willis and Dixon streets and stop-go controls will be put in place to manage traffic. Given the Alert Level 3 conditions, we hope that the impact will be minimal. Buses will continue to be able to use Willis Street throughout.

This piece of work is expected to take three to four weeks after which we hope to reopen the uphill lane of Dixon Street as well as access to the Pharmacy House carparks.

Work has also progressed on options for rehabilitation of the adit with a shortlist of options now being investigated and further design work is being undertaken.

Willis Street

Work will resume on Tuesday in the slip lane beside Ghuznee Street to replace the remaining section of the overland wastewater pipe. The work will be taking place entirely within the slip lane so will have no traffic impacts. While both sides of the footpath will remain open, there may be a small reduction in footpath width. This work is expected to take between eight to 10 weeks.

There will be some noise generated by the work at both, but only during normal daytime work hours. No nightworks are planned for either site.

Covid19 Alert Level 3

The workers will be observing strict health and safety and hygiene protocols in line with Alert Level 3 conditions, including social distancing. We would appreciate members of the public respecting this.

Thank you again for your patience as we undertake this work.

Contact Details:

Wellington City Contact Centre – Tel 499 4444 

WCC is your first point of contact for issues not directly related to the construction work, i.e vandalism. We keep the Contact Centre informed with our key contact details.  

 

Update 9 April 2020

Due to the Alert Level 4 lockdown, construction work has now stopped on the remaining components of the Willis Street slipway and Dixon Street projects. These are prioritised as urgent projects for Wellington Water so work will resume as soon as we have clearance from the Government. We will provide an update once that is scheduled to happen.

Resealing and road marking was the final stage of the work undertaken to lay new underground pipes beneath Willis Street. This was completed a day earlier than anticipated and the road was reopened on March 30. We would like to say thank you to everyone for their patience throughout this major part of the programme.

Work is progressing on the preferred solution for the adit. We expect this work to be undertaken shortly after the replacement of the waste and storm water pipes on Dixon Street.  

The work sites are being monitored to make sure they are secure and that there are no public safety issues. However, if you do notice any signs of fences being tampered with or concerning behaviour, please let us know as soon as possible.

Contact Details:

Wellington City Contact Centre – Tel 499 4444 (24/7)

WCC is your first point of contact for issues not directly related to the construction work, i.e vandalism. We keep the Contact Centre informed with our key contact details.  

Online: wellingtonwater.co.nz/work-in-your-area/dixon-street-wastewater-repairs/ 

 

Update 30 March

During the heightened national response to Covid-19, our top priority is providing clean drinking water and safe wastewater treatment to our communities, which has meant prioritising essential project work.

Read more here.

The Willis St section of this project has been completed and the road is once again open to the public. During the lockdown period, work on Dixon Street will be put on hold, traffic management and security fencing will be strengthened and the site will continue to be monitored for safety.

Update 24 March

The final connection of the existing pipe to the new pipe along Willis Street will go ahead tomorrow as planned due to favourable tide and weather. This means that the wastewater will now flow down the new pipe under Willis Street, enabling us to start dismantling the temporary overland pipe and our equipment ahead of the reopening of Willis Street.

During the period of the cut in works the wastewater will need to be stored, so we are asking residents and businesses in the area to minimise their use of water to limit the risk of over flows into the harbour.  

We are still on target re open Willis Street by the end of March, however work will continue in Upper Dixon Street and the Ghuznee Street sliplane for the next few months and will be subject to prioritisation of projects because of the COVID 19 lockdown.

Update 20 March 

We are still on track to have Willis Street fully re-opened by 1 April but we are somewhat at the mercy of the weather, as we’ll explain below. 

The next phase of our work requires some big changes to traffic management, and we’d also like your thoughts on continuing our public meeting format.

Traffic management changes from Monday 23 March

Traffic management in Willis Street will change with effect from 7am Monday 23 March. There will be some early morning noise while this is being set up.

The changes are:

  • Dixon Street between Willis and Victoria streets will be closed to through traffic
  • Pedestrian and local traffic will still have access to Willis, but the intersection with Dixon will be closed 
  • To allow for local access to Willis Street, we will open one lane of Willis Street, starting at the Ghuznee Street entrance
  • The pipe ramp will still be in place, and there will still be no parking along the section of Willis Street between Ghuznee and Dixon streets
  • Traffic controllers will be onsite to assist throughout.

This change is to allow for the new underground pipe in Willis Street to be connected to the main network. Once this has been completed, the temporary overland pipe along Willis Street will be decommissioned and removed, and the road surface reinstated. We are on track to fully re-open all lanes of the road to traffic on 1 April.

New traffic layout

Connecting the new underground pipe in Willis Street  

This next stage is one of the most complex parts of the project and requires temporarily shutting down the wastewater pumping stations close to the harbour. To do this we need low tide, dry weather, low wastewater flows and to ensure that all existing city wastewater storage is empty.  We would need to postpone if conditions are not suitable – for instance, in case of heavy rain.

Excavation will be done during the day. However, if we need to do the cut-in of the new pipe at night there will be some associated noisy works.

Progress and preparation

Work over the past week has included further backfilling, installing manhole lids, hydro excavation of a trench for a new bypass line, reinstating a cement stabilised basecourse and setting up a pump in the slip lane.

Work over the coming weekend will include reinstating the pipe ramp to allow for traffic management changes on Monday 23 March.

Early next week, the team will be preparing for the new connection, including excavating and pouring concrete at Dixon street and setting up a pump on Mercer and Victoria streets. Once the connection to the underground pipe is made, we’ll fill the hole in and get on to removing the overland pipe and pedestrian scaffolding.

Dixon Street wastewater and stormwater renewal

GP Friel and Brian Perry Civil will start renewing stormwater and wastewater lines from Willis Street to MacDonald Crescent from Wednesday 25th March. Work will begin at the Willis Street end with the replacement of the stormwater line. Two pits will be excavated (one on Dixon Street and one in Willis Street) and the first section of pipe will be pushed under all the services in the street. This work will be noisy but should only last for one day.

We will then dig a trench up the road to MacDonald Crescent. We may need to close access to the properties at the top of Dixon Street for a short period during the day but access will be reinstated in the evening.

Next step will be to complete connections from each property to the new main pipe.  This will involve closing the footpath as we make the connections, but one footpath will remain open at all times.

Once the stormwater work is complete, we will do the wastewater line. We can’t do both at once due to where and how deep they are. Traffic on Willis Street will be unaffected by the wastewater replacement, but otherwise it will be the same process: digging a trench up to MacDonald Crescent, laying the pipe, then connecting each property.

When this work is finished, we plan to reopen the road to one way traffic down Dixon Street. We will still have further work to complete to ensure the adit (tunnel) is safe for traffic to drive above it. Current traffic management arrangements are continuing but the uphill lane is expected to be reopened by Easter.

Night work 

If any further night works are required, we will notify everyone on our distribution list.   We are not expecting any in the next week, but, as we have noted, there may be some early morning work associated with the cut-in of the new pipe.

Community meetings 

We are evaluating how community updates will be provided in light of COVID-19.  We are interested in your thoughts on whether you would prefer an online meeting to a physical meeting next week. 

If you know of anyone else who would like to receive these updates directly, let us know their email address and we will add them to the list.   

Contact details

Samantha McCluskey – tel 912 4574 Samantha.McCluskey@wellingtonwater.co.nz 

Sam is Wellington Water’s community liaison person and will be on site during the project. You’ll find her around the street or site, wearing an orange Wellington Water safety vest, or sometimes in the portacom office at the Ghuznee St end of the site. Please contact Sam in the first instance if you have any issues.  Wellington City Contact Centre – Tel 499 4444 

WCC is your first point of contact for issues not directly related to the construction work, i.e vandalism. We keep the Contact Centre informed with our key contact details.  

Online: wellingtonwater.co.nz/work-in-your-area/dixon-street-wastewater-repairs/ 

Working hours 

In general, these continue to be between 7am and 8pm Monday to Saturday. 

Health and safety 

Health and safety of the public and of the staff working on site is our top priority. We aim to properly prepare for the work and its impact and want to ensure we properly manage the risks to people’s safety. If you see something that you think presents a risk, please let us know immediately.  

 

Update 18 March 

We are providing a mid-week update this week to provide residents and businesses plenty of advance warning of upcoming traffic management changes.  

Willis Street - Traffic management changes from Monday 23 March.

Traffic management changes to the Willis Street site will commence from 7am on Monday 23 March and this is expected to continue until late on Thursday 26 March. There will be some early morning noise while this is being set up, we apologise for this.

The changes are: Dixon Street between Willis and Victoria Streets will be closed to through traffic; pedestrian and local traffic will still have access but the intersection will be closed.  To allow for access to Willis Street, we will open one lane of Willis Street to one-way local and business traffic, starting at the Ghuznee Street entrance. The pipe ramp will still be in place, so the road cannot be used as a main thoroughfare and there will still be no parking along the section of Willis Street between Ghuznee and Dixon Streets.  Traffic controllers will be onsite to assist throughout. This change is to allow for the new underground pipe in Willis Street to be connected to the main network. Once this has been completed, the temporary overland pipe along Willis Street will be decommissioned and removed. We are on track to fully re-open the road on 1 April.

closure 18 March 20

Dixon Street 

Work is due to get underway in Dixon Street to replace the local stormwater and wastewater pipes on the 25th March. Current traffic management arrangements will continue until this work is complete. Once complete the uphill lane will be reopened and where possible access granted to driveways currently closed.  

Contact details 

Samantha McCluskey – tel 912 4574 Samantha.McCluskey@wellingtonwater.co.nz 

Wellington City Contact Centre – Tel 499 4444 

Online: wellingtonwater.co.nz/work-in-your-area/dixon-street-wastewater-repairs/ 

  

Update 13 March

Willis Street 

Upcoming traffic management changes

The final stage of pipelaying along Willis Street is now nearing completion and work is continuing to prepare for the connection of this new permanent underground pipe to the network. Connection is expected to take place in the week beginning Monday 23 March. This will enable the temporary overland pipe along Willis Street to be decommissioned and removed.

Changes to traffic management will be required to facilitate the connection. Dixon Street between Willis and Victoria streets will be closed to through traffic; pedestrian and local traffic will still have access but the intersection will be closed.  To allow for access to Willis Street, we will open one lane of Willis Street to one-way local and business traffic, starting at the Ghuznee Street entrance. The pipe ramp will still be in place, so the road cannot be used as a main thoroughfare and there will still be no parking along the section of Willis Street between Ghuznee and Dixon streets. Traffic controllers will be onsite to assist throughout. See image below.

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This short phase is one of the last but most complex parts of the job. It will mean temporarily shutting down the wastewater pumping stations close to the harbour that send flows up to and along the overland pipe.

This requires low tide, dry weather, low wastewater flows and ensuring that all existing city wastewater storage is empty so it can take the flow. The actual connection dates will be selected for optimal conditions and we will be giving residents and business as much notice as possible ahead of the change. We would need to postpone if conditions are not suitable – for instance, heavy rain would mean we could not turn off the pump stations.   The work may also need to be done at night, depending on the expected volumes.  While the excavation will be done during the day, there will be some noisy works associated with this work if we do need to do the cut in of the new pipe at night. 

Over the past week, the team has completed the pipe ram work to run the pipe beneath existing services at the Ghuznee Street end and testing of the pipe was undertaken today. Work at the Ghuznee Street intersection in the coming week will include further backfilling and installation of manholes. Work in Willis Street remains on track to be completed by the end of March. To date, a total of 159m of pipe has been laid and 140m of trench backfilled, with 10m of trench currently open. 

Dixon Street 

Over the past week, drilling has continued to enable investigative work to determine the best approach to sealing the adit (tunnel) at the separate Dixon Street site. Three of the boreholes have been completed and the final two are expected to be undertaken on Monday and Tuesday.

The team will then begin mobilising the site for the work to replace the aging local stormwater and wastewater pipes to ensure they will provide service to the city and not require repair or replacement for generations to come. Work on this will commence as soon as the new underground pipe in Willis Street has been connected to the network – currently scheduled for the week of 23 March.

Night work 

If any further night works are required, we will notify everyone on our distribution list.   We are not expecting any in the next week, but, as we have noted, there may be some associated with the cut-in of the new pipe. We will communicate this once the time and dates are confirmed.       

Community meetings 

Thank you to all who attended our community meeting on 10 March and the meeting about the Dixon Street independent review on 11 March. The next community meeting will be held at St John’s on Tuesday 24 March at 5.30pm. Please note it will be in a different room. Please feel free to contact us by phone at any time.

Contact details 

Samantha McCluskey – tel 912 4574 Samantha.McCluskey@wellingtonwater.co.nz 

Sam is Wellington Water’s community liaison person and will be on site during the project. You’ll find her around the street or site, wearing an orange Wellington Water safety vest, or sometimes in the portacom office at the Ghuznee St end of the site. Please contact Sam in the first instance if you have any issues.  

Wellington City Contact Centre – Tel 499 4444 

WCC is your first point of contact for issues not directly related to the construction work, i.e vandalism. We keep the Contact Centre informed with our key contact details.  

Online: wellingtonwater.co.nz/work-in-your-area/dixon-street-wastewater-repairs/ 

Working hours 

In general, these continue to be between 7am and 8pm Monday to Saturday. 

Health and safety 

Health and safety of the public and of the staff working on site is our top priority. We aim to properly prepare for the work and its impact and want to ensure we properly manage the risks to people’s safety. If you see something that you think presents a risk, please let us know immediately.  

 

Update 3 March

 The photos below show excavating and installing shoring for a pipe ramming launch pit and excavating for the pipe ramming launch pit

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Pit

Update 28 February

Willis Street

Work to lay new pipe to replace the temporary pipe is progressing to plan and is on track to be completed by the end of March. A total of 140m of pipe has now been laid, 120m of trench has already been backfilled and over the past week the team has continued excavations, pipelaying and backfilling, as well as reinstalling and extending ramps for pedestrian access. Over the next week we expect to be concentrating on the Willis/Ghuznee Street end of the site. This work is complex and will take a few weeks to complete. Access to the street has now changed from the Ghuznee Street end to the Dixon Street end. There will be some changes to pedestrian access next week. Pedestrians will need to use the ramp located outside City GPs or the ramp at the Dixon Street end to access either side of Willis Street. We will have traffic controllers onsite to assist.

Dixon Street

Investigations are continuing to help determine the best approaching to sealing the chamber and voids at the separate Dixon Street site. During the next week, as part of the investigations for this, work will get underway to drill a number of holes, to enable a thorough geotechnical assessment of the ground conditions. Prior to drilling, we will need to use a vacuum excavator to prove buried services locations. This work tends to be quite noisy but will be within the agreed working hours. Upcoming work on site will also include setting up some site sheds to provide welfare for the crew.

Night work

We are aware of a number of concerns about night works. If any further night works are required, we will now be notifying everyone on our distribution list, rather than just near neighbours. We are not expecting any in the next week.

Community meetings

Thank you to all of you who attended our last community meeting at St John’s in the city on 25 February and for your questions, feedback and the opportunity to provide information about the project at first hand. The next community meeting will be held at St John’s on Tuesday 10 March at 5.30pm.

Contact details

Samantha McCluskey – tel 912 4574 Samantha.McCluskey@wellingtonwater.co.nz
Sam is Wellington Water’s community liaison person and will be on site during the project. You’ll find her around the street or site, wearing an orange Wellington Water safety vest, or sometimes in the portacom office at the Ghuznee St end of the site. Please contact Sam in the first instance if you have any issues.

Wellington City Contact Centre – Tel 499 4444
WCC is your first point of contact for issues not directly related to the construction work, i.e vandalism. We keep the Contact Centre informed with our key contact details. Online: wellingtonwater.co.nz/work-in-your-area/dixon-street-wastewater-repairs/

Working hours

In general, these continue to be between 7am and 8pm Monday to Saturday.

Health and safety

Health and safety of the public and of the staff working on site is our top priority. We aim to properly prepare for the work and its impact and want to ensure we properly manage the risks to people’s safety. If you see something that you think presents a risk, please let us know immediately. 

Update 21 February

We have reached halfway!

Over 100 meters of the new pipe have now been laid, with most of that section filled and ready for final sealing.  Our contractors report that progress is going to schedule. Their teams are getting into a rhythm of construction now and the results speak for themselves. Planned work for next week mainly involves progressing the trench and new pipe down Willis Street, with some work also scheduled for the Dixon / Willis intersection.

On-Site
The site is now beginning to resemble its final (though moving) form through until completion. Extended fencing across the width of the street will continue to move up the road to match the active work. This enables us to work unrestricted and make the excellent progress noted above. Once that active-zone moves down the road, the fencing around the completed section will tighten in preparation for sealing.

Access to the street is set to change from the Ghuznee Street end to the Dixon Street end. This will be managed by the traffic controllers on site and will be communicated to residents and businesses directly once we have confirmation of the date for that change. The site will continue to be operated one-way with access maintained to all driveways and essential visitors.

Signage has been installed requesting cyclists to dismount and push their bikes through the pedestrian areas of the site.

This weekend new students are moving in to the Victoria University accommodation at Education House in the middle of the block. We will have additional traffic controllers on site on Saturday and Sunday to ensure this process goes smoothly. We have communicated our plans to the University and the Council.

The temporary bus stop on Ghuznee Street outside St Peters church has been lengthened and other traffic control measures put in place here to improve traffic flow during peak hours.

Community meetings
The fourth community meeting will be held at 5.30pm Tuesday 25 February. This will again be at St Johns in the City. Please note, this meeting may be moved to a different room within the Church conference centre. This will be clearly signposted. Wellington City Councillors Iona Pannett and Tamatha Paul will likely attend.

Dixon Street
Testing work on the separate Dixon Street site has begun this week, with work carried out on Monday and on Wednesday night. An aerial drone will also be used in the area on Sunday morning for additional monitoring. The results of this testing will help inform the repair solution.

Contact details
Samantha McCluskey 04 912 4574 or Samantha.McCluskey@wellingtonwater.co.nz

Sam is Wellington Water’s community liaison person, who will be on site throughout the project. Contact Sam to get your name on an e-mail update list.

Al Gibbons  Tel 027 227 2198 or Al.Gibbons@ghd.com

Wellington City Contact Centre Tel 499 4444T is the first point of contact for issues not directly related to the construction work, i.e. vandalism. We keep the Contact Centre informed with our key contact details as well.

 Trenching

Trenching2

Update 14 February 

Good progress continues to be made along Willis Street, with approximately 90 meters of the new pipe now laid. 65 meters of this has been re-covered and is ready for a final seal. The surface is now set to be permanently reinstated as the completed work moves down the road. Planned work for next week mainly involves progressing the trench and piping down Willis Street, with some work also scheduled for the Dixon / Willis intersection.

On-Site
Site fencing now extends across the width and length of this section of Willis Street, with larger safety zones in place around these. The Ghuznee Street entrance to the site continues to be closed to non-essential traffic, with a controller stationed on site to monitor this. In the next few weeks of the project, vehicle access to the street will change to the Dixon St end, and Ghuznee will be closed. This will be communicated directly closer to the time.

The bus stops on Ghuznee Street outside St Peters church have proven to be a hindrance to traffic flow during peak hours as buses bunch together from Willis Street. The temporary bus stop will be elongated from next week, with additional traffic guidance in place to smooth the traffic issues.

We have temporarily disestablished the access ramp in the middle of Willis Street to allow work to proceed past this point. This will be recommissioned as soon as possible once the active work area is past this point.  Vehicles will continue to be able to enter the closed portion of Willis Street, provided they are residents or have legitimate reasons to be on the site, i.e. local employees, or those visiting businesses.

Community meetings
Our third community meeting was held on Tuesday 11 February. Updates were given regarding the project scope and direction. Councillors Iona Pannett and Tamatha Paul were also in attendance to answer questions from the crowd and have committed to attend the next meeting.

The fourth meeting will be held at 5.30pm Tuesday 25 February. This will again be at St Johns in the City. Please note, this meeting may be moved to a different room within the Church conference centre. This will be clearly signposted.

Dixon Street
Testing work on the separate Dixon Street site begins in earnest on Monday. Contractors will be on site for the day doing some thorough ground testing. The results of this will inform the solution chosen to repair this section of the project.

The below photos were taken from the top of the Trinity Hotel and look down over the Willis/ Dixon Street intersection.

Site from above 

Site from above2

Update 8 February

Progress continues to be made according to schedule, with 74 meters of the permanent pipe now laid along Willis Street. The street is approximately 200m long, so we are approaching the halfway point. The surface is now set to be permanently reinstated as the completed work moves down the road. Planned work for this week mainly involves continued efforts to progress the trench and piping down Willis Street, with some work also scheduled for the Dixon / Willis intersection.

On-Site
There continue to be changes made to the site as the scope of work expands. The site fencing now extends further across the width and length of the block, with larger safety zones in place around these. The Ghuznee Street entrance to the site continues to be closed to non-essential traffic, with a controller stationed on site. To monitor this and to assist with directing incoming and exiting traffic where there may be conflict.

We have temporarily disestablished the access ramp in the middle of Willis Street to allow work to proceed past this point. This will be recommissioned as soon as we can, following the surface reinstatement in this area.

The traffic management plan for the site has been reviewed and approved. It will be assessed continuously throughout the work to determine its suitability. Any changes made to that will be communicated directly.

Vehicles will continue to be able to enter the closed portion of Willis Street, provided they are residents or have legitimate reasons to be on the site, i.e. local employees, or those visiting businesses.

Community meetings
Our third community meeting will be held at 5.30pm Tuesday 11 February. This will again be held at St John’s in the City. 

Dixon Street
Exploratory and testing work on the separate Dixon Street site is ongoing. We have new contractors assigned specifically to this site, to allow the existing Willis Street work to be the sole focus of our primary contractors. The comprehensive investigation of the ground will now be conducted after the Willis/Dixon intersection work is complete. Engineers are preparing solutions for what that analysis reveals and once the correct option is identified, work will be ready to proceed.
Parking and Rubbish Collection

 

Update 31 January 

To date, excellent progress is being made, with sections of the permanent pipe being laid and joined in place. The open section of the trench where this work occurs has been steadily moving up Willis Street and now extends to outside Anzac house / Knitworld. This section of work was intentionally halted at that point to allow vehicle access to the St Paul’s driveway to continue.

The surface is being repaired as the completed work on the permanent pipe moves down the road.

No work will occur on Waitangi Day (Thursday 6 February) and the site will be closed off. This is to provide our hard-working contractors (and your ears) with a much needed break.

The site fencing and safety zones adapt to the changing work site. The Ghuznee Street entrance to the site has been effectively closed to non-essential traffic, with a controller allowing access where necessary. We are reviewing options for how the site access should be restricted at evenings and over the weekend.
The traffic management plan for the entire site is currently being reviewed to assess its continued fit as work escalates. Any changes made to that will be communicated directly. Signage has been temporarily restricted to important safety and access notices, with heavy winds forecast over the next 4 days. This is to ensure safety fencing is not blown over or shifted by the signage acting as a sail.  Vehicles will continue to be able to enter the closed portion of Willis Street, provided they are residents or have legitimate reasons to be on the site, i.e. local employees, or those visiting businesses.

Dixon Street
Work on the separate Dixon Street site has commenced, with testing underway and pending analysis. A more thorough investigation of the ground to confirm the repair method will be conducted in the coming week. This requires the Willis Street work to have moved far enough away to allow the sensitive testing equipment to function.
Engineers are preparing solutions for what the analysis reveals and once the correct option is identified, work will be ready to proceed. While it may appear that Dixon Street has not progressed, as with all work of this nature, there is a huge amount of theory and testing behind the scenes before a shovel breaks earth. We need to ensure the solution is safe, effective and long-lasting.

We will continue to work with those affected to find appropriate solutions for you. Please contact Al with issues related to parking or this area of the site.

Parking and Rubbish Collection
Wellington City Council has visited site 3 times this week to meet with us and assess rubbish and recycling collection and street cleanliness. We have worked together to ensure that the rubbish collection vehicles and personnel have easy access to the site, and those collections will be closely monitored. Street sweeping vehicles will maintain their regular patrols. If you experience or notice any significant delay in collections.

Contact details
Samantha McCluskey 04 912 4574 or Samantha.McCluskey@wellingtonwater.co.nz

Sam is Wellington Water’s community liaison person, who will be on site throughout the project. Contact Sam to get your name on an e-mail update list.

Al Gibbons  Tel 027 227 2198 or Al.Gibbons@ghd.com

Wellington City Contact Centre Tel 499 4444T is the first point of contact for issues not directly related to the construction work, i.e. vandalism. We keep the Contact Centre informed with our key contact details as well.

 

Update 27 January

Next Community Meeting: Tuesday 28 January at 5.30pm - St John's Church 170 Willis Street

Much of the planning and ground testing for the Willis Street part of the project has now been completed. This has allowed us to increase the activity on-site and get the upgrades underway. A large amount of work has already been completed around the Dixon Street intersection. On Friday, Wellington Water chief executive Colin Crampton announced Willis Street would likely be re-opened by 31 March.On-Site

On-Site

As work continues, the site confines and safety zones will change to suit the area. This is to protect the public while also allowing space for the construction crews to operate. During all stages of the work, we will ensure that there is safe pedestrian access through and around the work-site. Signage has increased and access points have been added and improved. Vehicles will continue to be able to enter the closed portion of Willis Street, provided they are residents or have legitimate reasons to be on the site, i.e. local employees, or those visiting businesses.

Dixon Street

The platform on Dixon Street that had been on the original work-site has been removed. Areas of this site are being worked on and sealed-up while the main project on Willis Street is completed. This section of the site has expanded up the hill as a precaution while further testing is done here.

We recognise this is an added inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. We will continue to work with those affected to find appropriate solutions for you. We have also opened the footpath on both sides of Dixon Street, to better accommodate the post-holiday pedestrian numbers.

Parking and Rubbish Collection

We are constantly monitoring these areas, and continue to work with Wellington City Council to address issues with car parking and waste collection in and around the site. There are several solutions that are set to be implemented next week. We should have further information at the next community meeting.

Update 10 January

Following the installation of the temporary above ground pipe, we now need to install a permanent underground pipe which means excavating from the Dixon/Willis intersection along Willis Street to State Highway 1 near Ghuznee Street.

On Monday 13 January 2020 we will start site investigations, locating service in the road and trenching along Willis Street. Pedestrian access along both sides of Willis Street will remain the same.

We are holding a community meeting next week, where we would like to invite businesses owners and residents to discuss the project work. We will have a project engineer, council representatives and local councillors available to answer any questions you may have.

The details for the community meeting are:
Tuesday 14 January, 5.30pm - Conference Centre, St John’s in the City.

Update 11 Dec

As you will likely have noticed, we are working to repair damaged wastewater infrastructure at the corner of Willis and Dixon Street. The initial investigation and containment works are now complete with repair works to commence on Thursday 12 December.

To enable the repair works a drill rig will be brought to site and will remain on site for approximately 1 week while we secure the ground and expose the pipeline. At this point we will be able to assess the extent of damage and the required repair and pipeline replacement works needed.

We will provide an update to you as soon as we have more information around the expected time required to complete these works.

While the repair works take place the existing road closure will remain in place. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Thank you for your patience while we work to repair the damaged infrastructure.

After hours, please call the Wellington City Council Call Centre at 04 499 4444.

What's happening?

We're repairing and replacing pipes and chambers beneath the road, to reduce the risk of wastewater entering the harbour.
Please bear with us while we do our best to get this done as quickly as possible.