Whau Ward Councillor Tracy Mulholland has welcomed the news that Watercare has found a way to avoid planned disruption in Whitney Street, Blockhouse Bay, by rerouting a Central Interceptor link tunnel.
This site would have caused a road closure and major traffic diversions for 18 months starting in January, including a bus route, along with potential loss of custom to at least one business.
Now, instead of two shorter straighter drives, the tunnelling machine will complete a longer, slightly curved drive which avoids the need for the Whitney Street shaft.
“I’m really pleased at this news and the reduction of disruption on Whitney Street,” says councillor Mulholland.
“The central interceptor project will play a crucial role in reducing waste spillages into our harbours and streams, which is welcome, but the massive construction requirements are certainly disruptive.
“I hope our communities can see and understand the necessity of this project, and the benefits it will bring, and I am pleased that Watercare has been able to find this workable solution.
“There will still be disruption caused by the project, not least to Dundale Ave in Blockhouse Bay which will remain closed for another year, and I ask Watercare to continue working with residents there to mitigate the impact as much as possible.”