Delay to Walnut Avenue water pipe maintenance


Ashburton District Council is advising residents that work along the Walnut Avenue/State Highway 1 intersection should get back underway at the start of next week, following a temporary delay in the project.

 Council's programme to renew the wastewater pipes on Walnut Avenue was interrupted after workers encountered a problem installing the new pipes under the railway line between SH1 and East Street, but Projects & Operations Manager Viv Eyberg says he expects work to start again next week. 

 "This project had been working to schedule, however we hit an unexpected hiccup going under the railway line and have been doing our best to find a solution as quickly as possible so that work can continue as planned.

 "The community has been very patient while these works have been underway, and we are very appreciative of their cooperation. We understand the inconvenience this project has had for traffic throughout the last month, but please be assured, we are keen to get the work completed as soon as possible."

 Council has been renewing wastewater pipes in town to relieve pressure on the current wastewater system. The pipes have reached the end of their serviceable life, and must be renewed to keep the network functioning correctly.

 Traffic diversions along Walnut Avenue have been in place since 6 March, when work from McLean Street, through SH1 began.

 Mr Eyberg adds that although some of the work will be completed at night when traffic numbers are low, he encourages drivers to continue avoiding the area if they can.

 The work is expected to be completed in June 2017. For any questions or to report concerns, please contact Council on 03 307 7700 or email

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