The work on the Wolverton culverts replacement project is now complete. Replacing the two culverts was a massive piece of construction that has taken two years to complete and cost $42.7M.
While infrastructure projects are not often glamourous, they are often vital in keeping cities functioning. This is the case with the culverts project. Both culverts were well past expected lifespan as Culvert 1 was constructed in 1984 and Culvert 2 in 1968. The design of the replacement culverts will ensure they are much more robust and better able to cope with predicted climate changes and severe weather events.
There was an opening ceremony in June to mark the completion of the project. It was remarkable that two major projects (New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path being the other project) that had spanned years were opened within weeks of each other.
Cr Tracy Mulholland had been involved in the early stages when she was Chair of Whau Local Board, so it was appropriate that she was at the ceremony to mark the end of the work. After the New Lynn floods a few years back, there is far greater awareness of the need for this sort of critical infrastructure to be able to cope in the future.