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Thursday, September 3

Water main break causes Plimmerton road closure

Traffic movement will be blocked or restricted on part of Motuhara Road in Plimmerton for several weeks after a Greater Wellington water main burst on Monday 31 August.

The pipe burst did not interrupt local water supply, but a section of the road and footpath was undermined when an embankment slipped.

Motuhara Road is closed just south of Corlett Road during working hours, with a signed diversion in place to and from Steyne Avenue via Cluny Road, Moana Road, Sunset Parade and Beach Road. One lane will be open to traffic outside working hours, controlled by temporary traffic lights.

Greater Wellington’s water supply manager Chris Laidlow has asked those affected by the road closure for their co-operation.

“The burst has destabilised ground under the road and around the pipe, so we need to take a good look at the damage, which we expect will take several weeks to fully reinstate. We know that closing the road could cause some inconvenience and we regret this. We’ll be doing our best to minimise the disruption.”

The exact duration of the diversion and temporary traffic management measures will depend on investigations in the coming few days and conditions over the coming weeks; dry weather will allow for a faster repair, including retaining for the embankment where the slip occurred.

The burst occurred on a pipe to a Porirua City Council reservoir between northern Plimmerton and Karehana Bay. Supply to those suburbs has been switched to another Porirua city reservoir while the pipe is repaired; this part of the work is expected to take 1-2 weeks.

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