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The Smithfield Road drainage upgrade has been identified as a key requirement for providing service capacity within the stormwater and wastewater network to improve its performance.
The new stormwater pipeline will be constructed to resolve capacity constraints in the existing stormwater mains that are close to 100-years-old along Konini Street, London Street and Smithfield Road.
The new wastewater pipeline will also be constructed to cater for the increasing volume of wastewater on Smithfield Road. This project is part of a wider programme of works within the council’s 30-year infrastructure strategy to upgrade the level of service and meet the requirements of the growing development demands throughout the network.
The existing stormwater main along Konini Street, London Street and Smithfield Road is more than 100-years-old and has reached its end of service. In the meantime, the existing wastewater on Smithfield Road cannot cater for the increasing volume due to new developments in this area. Therefore, the diameter of the sewer main will be upgraded as well. The increased diameter of the new stormwater main will also allow for projected effects of long-term climate change.
The project has been divided into three stages. Details for stage one and two are below. Stage three work will begin around July 2024.
Stage one consists of 325-metres of new stormwater pipe and wastewater main that will be constructed from 23 Smithfield Road to the Moore Avenue / Smithfield Road intersection.
For stage two, 474m of 900mm new stormwater pipe (from Moore Avenue to Konini Street along Smithfield Road and London Street) will be installed and 200m of 225mm wastewater main (from Moore Avenue to Brooking Street along Smithfield Rd) will be constructed.
This project will benefit the Smithfield Road, London Street and Konini Street areas by:
Please check public notices for updated road closures and detours.
Smithfield Road, Tawhero 4501 View Map
Smithfield Road ,
Part of Smithfield Road closed from 13 March until 7 August 2023
The first manholes laid in the road for stage two of the Smithfield Road project
Work on this section of Smithfield Road is complete
New stormwater pipes and manholes ready to be laid on Smithfield Road
The intersection of Moore Avenue and Smithfield Road is closed for stage two with access only for residents
Stage two of work on Smithfield Road
Work is underway on Smithfield Road - stage two
A section of road is closed for Smithfield Road - stage two
Barriers in place around the work site - Smithfield Road stage two
Work in progress at Smithfield Road - stage two