York Stream Stormwater upgrade announced

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Upgrades on the York Stream channel are set to start before Christmas this year.

In addition to upgrading the stormwater culvert, work will also include the upgrade of water and wastewater infrastructure.

The work site will be across Waimea Road, between Market Road, Gardiner Place and Boundary Road and the upgrade is expected to be completed by April, next year.

The upgrade aims to prevent the damage of December 2011 being repeated. The 2011 rain saw the region covered in flooding and slips and caused millions of damage to private and public property.

Councillor Eric Davy says that the work is necessary to ensure Nelson’s infrastructure can cope with future demands.

“We have to make sure that future heavy rain events don’t cause damage to public and private property.”

Tenders have just gone out and will close on November 5.

Pre-work is expected to start before Christmas and is not anticipated to cause major traffic delays. The larger scale work across Waimea Road is scheduled to start in the new year, with dates to be confirmed by the successful contractor. The scale of work means it will cause some disruption to road users, and a traffic management plan will be in place during this period.

Council asks that road users follow all signage, allow extra time for their journey and use alternative routes where possible.