Water main latest piece of work on peninsula road

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Updates . . . Fulton Hogan senior bid manager Joe Connolly (left) and project engineer Jamie Ward-Allen spoke at the Otago Peninsula Community Board meeting last week. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Part of Portobello Rd will be closed for three nights while Fulton Hogan works on a water main.

Fulton Hogan senior bid manager Joe Connolly and project engineer Jamie Ward-Allen spoke at the Otago Peninsula Community Board meeting last week to update board members on the Peninsula Connection road-widening project.

Mr Connolly said, due to a new sub-division, work would be done on a drain in Portobello Rd.

The road from 258 to 270 would be worked on for three nights, most likely starting on March 29.

He met Dunedin City Council staff, emergency services, bus services and tourist operators about when the best time to close it would be.

The road would only be open to emergency service vehicles.

He was aware there was a handful of people on the peninsula who could require emergency attention, so they would make sure everyone was protected, he said.

There were also people who used the road during the evening, like shift workers.

“We are mindful it’s a major one and we are trying to minimise the disruption from that.”

The plan was to do a third of the road each night.

It would be closed from 7pm until 6am.

A detour would be put in place.

Later in the meeting, Mr Connolly said a lady recently gave staff biscuits.

“We really do appreciate the support that we get from the community.”