Ashburton District Council is encouraging motorists to take extra care on Walnut Avenue between McLean Street and State Highway One from today (Monday 6 March) as work begins to replace wastewater pipes.
Council will be renewing the wastewater pipes underneath Walnut Avenue to relieve pressure on the current wastewater system, beginning at McLean Street. The work is expected to be completed in June 2017.
Council Projects and Operations Manager Viv Eyberg says the project is an extensive job, and is advising residents to avoid the area if they are able to.
"Unlike most streets where we have renewed wastewater pipes, this section requires us to get under the railway line between East Street and State Highway One. Because of this, we have to install the pipes out in the middle of road to get under the railway line and will have to go through both roundabout traffic islands," he says.
The maintenance work is part of Council's ongoing programme to renew Ashburton's wastewater mains. The pipes have reached the end of their serviceable life and must be renewed to keep the network functioning correctly.
Traffic diversions will be in place through the roundabouts, and some of the work will be completed at night to alleviate disruption to traffic.
"We know this work is going to cause some traffic delays, especially when we reach State Highway One and we really appreciate the community's cooperation and patience during this time," Mr Eyberg adds.
For any questions or to report concerns, please contact Council on 03 307 7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org