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Closure of Mt Cook street, for new water pipes, delayed till January

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Wellington Water has delayed its closure of Wallace Street, which was planned to begin next week. Instead, the closure will begin on the 5th of January and will run through to mid-2020.

This will allow us to install major new drinking water pipes in Wallace St that will connect to the soon-to-be-built Omāroro reservoir. We are also taking the opportunity to do other work at the same time including renewing local water supplies and wastewater pipes,

News from Wellington Water – 26 November
Wallace Street in Mt Cook will be closed from 8 December through to the middle of next year. This will allow us to install major new drinking water pipes in Wallace Street that will connect to the soon-to-be-built Omāroro reservoir. We are also taking the opportunity to do other work at the same time including renewing local water supplies and wastewater pipes.

We appreciate and value the patience and understanding of Wellingtonians as we carry out this important work.

View maps showing traffic management, parking and bus routes on local streets here.

What you need to know

Wallace Street will be closed to through traffic between John Street and Hargreaves Street, with Wright Street the diversion route and Adelaide Road a preferred alternate route. You should expect traffic delays in this area.

We’re asking people who drive to consider other modes of transport, to take other routes where possible, and to travel outside peak times. Cyclists, walkers and scooter users will continue to have safe access at all times along Wallace St.

We are starting this work in early December when traffic flows are lighter with many schools and tertiary organisations closed for the summer. This closure of Wallace St means this work will be done quicker in around six months, rather than a partial closure which would have stop/go on Wallace St for over a year.

Traffic signage will be operating throughout to provide guidance and we will be closely monitoring traffic flows in the area during the closure and diversion.

Buses

The buses affected by the closed section of Wallace Street are #3 Lyall Bay/Rongotai – Wellington Station; #18e Karori – Miramar; #27 Vogeltown – Wellington Station and school buses 718, 726 and 770.

These buses will use a detour route along Wright Street. There will be a temporary bus stop on each side of Wright Street next to the walkway to replace the existing one on Wallace Street.

Metlink has tested buses on the diversion route along Wright Street and work has been done on the road to ensure safety, camber and turning is suitable for the buses.

We will be closely monitoring traffic flows on Adelaide Road during the diversion and will consider removal of parking on both sides of Adelaide Rd to improve traffic flow.

We have written to and visited some businesses, residents and property owners on Adelaide Road and in side streets to let them know parking changes could be made to improve traffic flows. Based on our analysis of traffic flows we don’t expect to need to do this until after Wellington Anniversary weekend in January when the city becomes busier.

News from Metlink
Due to the Wellington Water Omāroro Reservoir project, bus services that would usually travel via Wallace Street will be diverted via Wright Street from 8 December until mid-2020. Please expect some delays and diversions to bus services in the area.

Temporary bus stops will be installed on Wright Street which can be accessed from Wallace Street via a walkway.

To ease congestion in the area, Route 27 services will not be stopping at Hutchinson Terminus. Route 27 will travel from Vogeltown along Hutchison Road directly on to Wright Street, bypassing the Hutchison Terminus, and vice versa.

The school bus Route 770 afternoon service will be diverted via Adelaide Road; this is consistent with the existing Route 770 morning service.

3 comments:

  1. Kara Lipski, 26. November 2019, 12:37

    It would be better to reroute the buses that normally travel via Wallace St to go along Adelaide Rd for the duration of the road works. Whoever originally thought up the routes for NZ Bus put too many right tight angle turns in parts of the routes.

     
  2. Micky, 26. November 2019, 13:59

    Are they hand making the water pipes??! That’s gonna majorly snarl up traffic for 6 months. So if they are installing new drinking water pipes in Wallace Street that will connect to the expensive as hell soon-to-be-built POW water tank. who will be drinking the water tank supply? How often will the water be tested?

     
  3. Keith Flinders, 26. November 2019, 21:04

    Only 6 months, so obviously they are not employing the same contractors employed to build the simple cycleway extension from the end of Oriental Parade towards Evans Bay. For nearly all of this year the snail’s pace progress suggests payment is based on the days taken. The work is still not finished and the disruption to traffic continues.