Smith Street One Way for Water Main Installation

Published: 05-Feb-2019

Traffic changes are on their way for a stretch of Kaiapoi’s Smith Street, between Sewell Street and Princess Place. Contractors will be moving in on Thursday to begin a water main installation along this section of road, which will become one-way for eastbound traffic until mid-March.

The work is a continuation of work completed last year as part of the new roundabout construction at the intersection of Smith Street and Williams Street, which included the installation of a new water main along Smith Street, between Williams Street and Princess Place.

Council’s Water Asset Manager Colin Roxburgh says “By renewing aging pipes, this project will improve the resilience of Kaipaoi’s water supply and will accommodate growth in north-east Kaiapoi. It will also ensure residents in this area continue to receive good water pressure.”

Traffic impacts will include:

  • To allow the new pipe to be installed in the road, Smith Street, between Williams Street and Sewell Street will be one-way westbound from Thursday 7 February
  • Eastbound traffic will be detoured via Sewell Street and Davie Street
  • Detours and a temporary 30km/h speed limit will be in place during the work. Please follow signage and drive with care through the work area
  • Due to the location of work, there will be no right turn out of Sewell Street, Cass Street and Princess Place
  • On Friday 15 February, there will be no right turn into Princess Place from Smith Street
  • Resident access to properties will be available during the work. If access needs to be restricted, we will notify you in advance
  • The work on Sewell Street will be under a ‘shoulder closure’ on Monday 4 March and traffic flow will not be affected.

The pipe is being installed by underground drilling where possible as this will minimise disruption, although some open trenching will be necessary.