Council Gets Ahead in Waiuku

Friday 5 December 2008, 10:59AM


Stormwater improvement work on Lions Lake and River Lane is expected to be finished before Christmas, bringing to completion two major projects in Waiuku. Waiuku’s stormwater protection will be greatly enhanced once the work is complete.

Hopper Construction took over the Lions Lake work late in the year and has been making excellent progress, signalling to Council that they will be finished before Christmas.

“The project will improve Lions Lake as a stormwater quality and flood protection pond, but there are lots of other positive spinoffs. The area is now more visually attractive, the sewage pipe has been repaired and the water quality is better than before the project begun. We have also been able to add some water safety features, creating a shallow area with hand rails around the edge of the lake,” says Franklin District Council’s Group Manager Works and Services, Barry Bergin.

Work to pipe stormwater in River Lane is also almost complete. The new pipe work will allow for businesses to connect to the system and provide excellent stormwater protection to the area. The road surface in River Lane is expected to be resealed and back in action before Christmas.

“The reseal will be an improvement on what existed before – but there is better to come when the Waiuku Town Centre Upgrade eventually improves the whole look of River Lane. What you will see before Christmas will be a safe and usable street which will last the town until the full lane upgrade occurs,” says Barry.

Completion of these projects however doesn’t mean Council is finished investing in infrastructure in Waiuku. Franklin District Council is working on a major upgrade to the water course that runs between Kitchener and King streets. Work in the stream bed, to help it function better as a stormwater channel, will start mid January. This work will involve widening, desilting and cleaning out the stream together with bank protection works and the building a second weir at the King Street end.