Huia 1 watermain upgrade

This watermain is being replaced with a larger pipe to cater for future population growth.

Start–finish: June 2019 - ongoing in stages
Location: Sections along Golf Road and Mt Albert Road

Why are we doing this?

We are renewing the large-diameter watermain called Huia No.1 which has reached the end of its useful life. The watermain was built in the 1940s after World War II. To extend its life we rehabilitated the watermain in the 1980s but we now need to build a new pipe. Over the next few years, the 17km pipe is being built in sections across West and Central Auckland. We thank you for your patience and understanding while we undertake these essential works.

Project udpate

Golf Road
The watermain in Golf Road is due to be completed in the next few weeks, however, we will need to return at some stage to do more connection works. These connection works require water, so they will not be completed during the drought.

The works were initially supposed to be carried out on a section of Golf Road but have been extended further along the road. As a result, traffic management plans have been completed month by month. This uncertainty has been very hard to communicate to the public and has been far from ideal for everyone involved.
Heaphy Street to Richmond Road
Shortly, we will start working along Heaphy Street from the Lucknow Place intersection toward Donovan Street. This work will take approximately 5 to 6 months. We are currently looking at the construction methodology for the pipeline section from Donovan Street to Richmond Road. If we decide to drill this section a drill site will be set up at the end of Heaphy Street as we will spend longer at this end. We will update you once a decision has been made. 

Roseman Avenue to Dominion Road
We are currently working on Youth Street and will shortly move onto Dominion Road toward Mount Roskill. There will be traffic management in place for the safety of the public and crew.
Titirangi section
At this stage we won’t be going directly onto Titirangi Road, however, works will need to be carried out from Pleasant Rd to Highland Avenue. The scope and scheduling of the works is still being decided, but there will be a significant impact on traffic. Click here to view our flyer which outlines the Titirangi section of works to be carried out over the next three years. We will let you know once this work has been scheduled.

General traffic management FAQs

Q: Why do we not have tidal flow (changing of traffic flows during the day and night)?
A: Tidal flow is a viable option where there are multiple lanes that can be changed i.e. Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Where there is only one lane through residential streets, tidal flow is not feasible. It is not safe for local residents as traffic flows change during the day and confusion around traffic direction could occur.

Q: Why don’t we use traffic lights or stop-go operations?
A: This is not feasible due to the length of the work sites. Traffic queues would become too long making it less efficient than one way traffic.

Q: How will we notify road users?
A: VMS digital sign boards are the most effective way to communicate with road users. In advance of the works we implemented VMS boards.​

Any questions?

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