Enabling works to prepare for Dunedin’s Retail Quarter (George Street) upgrade got underway this week, with a focus on parts of Frederick, Filleul and London Streets.
In a statement, Dunedin City Council (DCC) said the work included replacing around 350m of old pipes, as well as installing new kerb and channelling, footpaths and road resurfacing.
It follows the successful completion of the first phase of enabling works, in lower London Street, betwee October and December last year, which saw 600m of old pipes replaced.
DCC Central City Plan Project Director, Dr Glen Hazelton says some of the pipes in Dunedin’s central city date back to the late 1800s. Replacing infrastructure which has reached the end of its useful life is crucial to maintain the safety and continuity of these essential services, he said.
Contractor, Isaac Construction, started work on site on Tuesday and is expected to have the work completed in April, depending on weather conditions.
Dr Hazelton says the enabling works will support the wider George Street upgrade by improving traffic flows, road safety and access to car parking in the area.