Stormwater upgrade completed ahead of time and on budget28/02/2023 12:33pm
Stormwater resilience in Nelson took a huge leap over the past six months, with work to upgrade pipes running under Waimea Road and Rutherford Street completed ahead of the April 2023 schedule and on budget.
The project, run by Nelson City Council and Fulton Hogan with sub-contractors Ching’s Contracting and Donaldson Civil Ltd, saw 1.8-metre-diameter stormwater pipes installed from Snows Hill to Examiner Street, with wastewater and water pipes renewed at the same time.
“This project is a massive investment in the resilience of the main access route into our city from the south,” says Nelson Mayor Nick Smith. “The work has been expensive, at nearly $10 million, and we are grateful to the thousands of commuters, hundreds of households and dozens of businesses who were affected by the detour, but it was absolutely necessary if we are to make our city safer and more resilient to intense storms and climate change.
“I congratulate our Council infrastructure team and our contractors on getting this major job done within budget and ahead of time.”
Deputy Mayor Rohan O’Neill-Stevens says the network here is now able to withstand a 1-in-100-year flood event.
“Given the flooding our region experienced in August, and now the devastation of Cyclone Gabrielle, it’s part of the climate change adaptation work that I expect to see happening right across New Zealand and Nelson in the coming years. We’re making progress, but as you will see in our upcoming Annual Plan, there is much more to do as we look to build even more resilience into Nelson’s infrastructure.”
And a big thanks to all businesses in the area for their cooperation and patience as we completed this project:
- DentalCare Nelson
- Century Park Motor Lodge Nelson
- The Car Company Nelson
- Chelsea Park Motor Lodge
- Rustic Cuisine
- Earthbloom Flowerstore
- Clipper & Scissors
- Villarosa Maison (now in Montgomery Square next to Benge & Co.)
- Rutherford Street Kindergarten
- Admirals Motor Inn
- The Hotel Nelson
- Flames on Forty
- The Nelson Clinic
- Tima Health
- Titoki Medical
- Nelson Orthodontics
- Grant Hunt Building Consultants
- Challenge Gourdie Automotive