Dee Street water main renewal begins next week

With significant proposals for redevelopment in our City Centre, the Invercargill City Council works and services team has put extra thought and consideration towards its renewal and maintenance programming. This means that some projects are being brought forward, while others will happen in concert with other developments in the city centre. 

It’s a tricky balancing act, but by taking a slightly different approach to these planned works, staff are aiming for the best solutions for the infrastructure while minimising disruption for businesses, road users, and the public.

Work to replace Invercargill’s ageing water mains network is starting in Dee Street on Monday, February 18.

The project to replace the 250mm asbestos cement water mains, which were installed in the 1950s, was originally planned for 2023, but was brought forward to coincide with the demolition work happening at the corner of Dee and Don Streets for the new ILT Hotel, as well as the proposed HWCP development.

The water mains renewal project includes Dee, Tay, and Clyde Streets. Work will begin opposite McDonald’s in Dee Street, and progress south towards the roundabout.

This work is being undertaken block-by-block, and Council is working with NZTA to ensure the road surface of the lane affected will be rehabilitated at the completion of each block.

It is expected the Dee Street work will be completed by the end of June, with some ashphalting work to follow when the weather improves.

The work involves digging up the south-bound lane closest to the centre plot. One south-bound lane and parking will remain open at all times. Council will provide up-to-date information on each block, road closures, and diversions as available.

The water mains which are being replaced are a critical part of Invercargill’s network, so it’s vital we upgrade this essential infrastructure to help protect and future-proof the city’s access to its water supply.

For regular updates on the project, visit Council’s website, Facebook page, or the Word on the Street Facebook page.