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More roads closed for sewage spill investigation

Wellington Water announced without warning this afternoon that The Terrace from Salamanca Road to Ghuznee St has been closed, because of efforts to stop the CBD sewage spill.

And tonight, Vivian St will be also closing between Victoria Street and Marion Street. This will take effect until Friday 27 December, 8pm-8am each night to allow further investigation work.

The council-owned water company advised:

Southbound traffic should use Aotea Quay, Waterloo Quay, Jervois Quay, Cable Street, and right on to Kent Terrace as alternative routes during this time.

And also:

Due to the urgent works at Dixon Street, the following road closures are still in place:
-Willis St remains closed between Vivian St and Manners St
-Ghuznee St remains closed between The Terrace and Victoria St

Wellington.Scoop – December 21
Upper Willis Street between Manners and Vivian Streets remained closed today as Wellington Water continued trying to fix the sewage tunnel collapse and the consequent sewage spillage into the harbour. Ghuznee Street also remained closed between Victoria Street and the Terrace. And tonight the NZTA said part of Vivian Street would be closed for 12 hours from 8pm, to allow “more investigation works.”

The closure of Vivian Street will be between Victoria St and Marion St and it will be for the next eight nights – 12 hours each night.

Earlier today Wellington Water, acting like a Transport Agency, advised:

Please expect significant delays through the CBD, particularly on Vivian Street. SH1 traffic should use Cambridge Tce, Wakefield St, Jervois Quay, Waterloo Quay and Aotea Quay as alternative routes during this time.


News from Wellington City Council – December 20
Urgent work to stop sewage overflowing into Wellington Harbour means upper Willis Street will be closed to through traffic from 3pm today until late tonight.

Willis Street will be closed between Vivian Street and Manners Street. Ghuznee Street will be closed between The Terrace and Victoria Street.

The closures are required so Wellington Water can install a temporary wastewater diversion at the intersection of Willis and Ghuznee streets. This requires urgent trenching work and installation of temporary pumps at the intersection.

Buses heading into the central city from Brooklyn will be diverted along Vivian Street and into Taranaki Street.

We urge motorists to avoid the Willis Street area as much as possible to avoid delays and congestion.

Local traffic will still be able to access properties in the Willis Street area.

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  1. Grant Robertson, 20. December 2019, 16:58

    The burst wastewater pipe in Wellington CBD is not only polluting the harbour (please stay out) but also causing significant traffic disruption in CBD. My advice if you have a car stay well clear of Ghuznee St and surrounds. [via twitter]

  2. Kara, 21. December 2019, 11:05

    Between the news yesterday and this morning there seems to have been a change in the cause of the pipi breakage. Yesterday it was collapsed and this morning they were “working on it”. No matter which is true Wellington Water needed to find another way of diverting the waste instead of dumping it in our inner harbour.

  3. michael, 22. December 2019, 8:54

    More to the point, the council needs to stop wasting ratepayers’ money on vanity projects and get back to basics and fix the old and failing infrastructure now.

  4. Casey, 22. December 2019, 20:05

    What do they mean Salamanca Road towards Ghuznee Street is closed. Salamanca does not connect to Ghuznee on my map.

    Is The Terrace partially closed between Salamanca and Ghuznee perhaps. A map on Wellington Water’ web site should have been put up there before now indicating what the closures are.

  5. greenwelly, 23. December 2019, 10:07

    @Casey, I think what they were trying to say is the right hand lane of Salamanca Road is closed at the intersection with the Terrace (this is the right turn lane to go south down the Terrace).