Part of Wainui Road to be closed for storm water upgrades

A portion of Raglan’s Wainui Road will be closed from Monday 20 August so that Waikato District Council can upgrade the storm water system. The existing system is inadequate and causes ponding and runoff issues across a number of private properties.

The work includes new pipework under Wainui Road, and improved drainage and swales. It will improve the capacity of the storm water system, and will reduce the severity and frequency of the ponding and runoff experienced.   

“This will involve deep excavation works and, as a result, we will need to close Wainui Road between Stewart Street and Bankart Street to vehicles”, says Service Delivery General Manager, Ian Cathcart.

Vehicle traffic will be diverted via Stewart Street, Gilmour Street, Bow Street and Bankart Street.

The road closure is expected to be in place until 26 October. Detour signs will be in place and traffic control staff will be onsite during work hours. Pedestrians will still be able to walk through this area, guided by traffic controllers.

“We know that this is disruptive for people and we apologise for the inconvenience. However, this work is required and there is no way to minimise the disturbance. Due to the nature of the work and keeping workers safe, we must close the road to vehicles.”

“We are aware that there are a number of developments currently happening on Gilmour Street and that people would prefer an alternative detour. Unfortunately this is the only detour route possible because Upper Stewart Street is too steep for heavy vehicles,” says Mr Cathcart.

Contractors will be working closely with the Emergency Services to ensure that they are not disrupted.