Sewer pipe support makes way for traffic

It was progress measured in centimetres as contractors tackled the delicate job of jacking a key sewer overbridge crossing Wairere Drive.

Both lanes of Wairere Dr, between River Rd and Resolution Dr, were temporarily closed yesterday as workers jacked the pipe and pedestrian overbridge to remove the steel truss of the existing central pier.

The removal of the central pier is required to accommodate two extra lanes of traffic along Wairere Dr.

Hamilton City Council project development manager Tahl Lawrence said the central pier was not completely removed yesterday as planned and had been left in place for the moment.

The pipe underneath the overbridge is the main sewer interceptor for the eastern side of Hamilton.

Work was continuing on the retaining walls alongside the roadworks, with boards being placed behind the piles and filling added.

Pavement construction was also due to begin shortly along the widened road.

This work would start on the northern side of Wairere Dr first.

Mr Lawrence said no other significant road closures were planned for the 550-metre section, although a stop-go control would be used occasionally when required.

The work is part of the $84m Hamilton Ring Road project.

Meanwhile, Wairere Dr continues its progress south, with stabilising work for the latest section from Ruakura Rd south to the Old Farm Rd intersection now complete.

Contractors will work on chip-sealing the new stretch, weather permitting.

Roading bosses plan to have Wairere Dr from Ruakura Rd through to Clyde St open to traffic by mid-May.

Access to Dey St from the Cambridge Rd-Naylor St intersection was permanently closed yesterday.

East-west access along Cambridge Rd-Naylor St will remain.

Waikato Times