Nov 08 2018
Daldy and Gaunt Street upgrades are well underway with the enabling work now complete and the road base stabilisation chugging along nicely.
If you have walked past our site entrance on Daldy Street, you may have noticed a number of semi-mature Pohutukawa trees patiently waiting to be replanted. Thirteen of ‘New Zealand’s Christmas trees’ were saved prior to construction on Quay Street and in Wynyard Quarter and four more are due to arrive onsite. Once the trees are replanted they will frame the Daldy Street and Gaunt Street precinct for years to come.
Since our last update, we have:
- Installed a new wastewater connection from an entry point on Daldy Street to an existing manhole on Fanshawe Street. This was done by a process called ‘horizontal drilling’ which is a method that doesn’t require digging a trench, reducing the impact on traffic on Fanshawe Street. See it underway in the picture below
- Continued building and opened the new footpath along the western side of Daldy Street, between Gaunt Street and Pakenham Street West. We will return later to complete the area.
- Poured the concrete base for the Auckland Dockline Tram on Daldy Street, between Gaunt Street and Pakenham Street West.
- Continued to build the new garden beds which will line Daldy Street.
- Began work to build the new rain garden on Gaunt Street, outside Wilsons Parking (Please know that the car park will remain open at all times while this work is underway and vehicle access will be maintained).
In February, we plan to:
- Open the new footpath on the western side of Daldy Street, between Gaunt Street and Pakenham Street West. This will allow the team to concentrate on completing the eastern footpath. See Images 5 and 6 below to see the footpath’s progress.
- Undertake preparations to build the road base on Daldy Street, between Gaunt Street and Pakenham Street West.
- Continue to build the rain garden on Gaunt Street, outside Wilsons Parking. Please know that the car park will remain open at all times while this work is underway and vehicle access will be maintained.
- Continue to build the rain gardens along Daldy Street. These are being built successively, as each section of road progresses.
If you've seen the team digging up the ground and then putting the same stuff back again, you might be wondering why. This is because the ground is mixed with high grade cement and water and when it is placed back into the road base to stabalise it. This helps with current construction works like drainage as well as the general longevity of the road base.
In October 2018, this is what has been accomplished:
- Started excavating and stabilising the Daldy Street road base
- Started installing a new wastewater main
- Continued identifying underground services such as power, telecommunications, gas and water
- Relocated an existing water main
Next month, the plan is to:
- Begin work to prepare for the new garden beds along Daldy Street. The first steps will be to excavate and stabilise, just as what is being done for the road surface
- Continue preparing the ground below the Daldy Street road surface by stabilising it
- We will continue to work closely with Air New Zealand to provide safe access to the carpark and delivery entrance
- Continue installing the new wastewater main along Daldy Street
Throughout this, Daldy Street will remain closed to through traffic, and the worksite will extend to the intersection with Gaunt Street. The traffic flow won't be affected by this, and detours will be in place for pedestrians. More signage will be put up to show you where to go, and the team will concentrate on keeping dust levels to a minimum in the Summer.