Buses are due to begin using the new two-way route through Willis and Manners streets from Sunday 28 November and with just four weeks to go, finishing work is under way. Work on the second stage of the project - the new shared space in lower Cuba Street - will begin early in the New Year and be complete in time for Rugby World Cup 2011.
Over the next two weeks, Wellington City Council Infrastructure Director Stavros Michael says two paving gangs will be hard at work completing the footpaths.
"We'll also be laying new asphalt on Willis Street (between Mercer and Manners streets), all of Manners Street and at the Taranaki Street/Courtenay Place intersection."
The asphalting and road marking will be carried out in sections with the preparatory work happening during the day and most of the new asphalt going in overnight.
Mr Michael says the asphalting work is weather dependent, but all going well most of the work will be complete by the end of the week. The Manners Mall area is expected to be asphalted next week during the day.
"Traffic management will be in place where work is happening but there will be minor detours and delays at times and the daytime work will be noisy," he says. "People have been very patient and we just ask everyone to take extra care getting around the city and bear with us a little longer."
The resurfacing work will mean some evening bus diversions. The dates and times of these may change as the work is weather dependent but it is likely people won't be able to get on or off buses in Manners Street from 8.30pm for three nights, starting tomorrow night (Tuesday 2 November). The nearest bus stop will be in Dixon Street.
Overnight on Sunday 7 November major central city route changes are also likely from 5.00pm while resurfacing work is carried out at the Taranaki Street intersection. Buses won't be going through Courtenay Place that night. Instead, most southbound buses will stop in Cable Street. Heading into town, buses that normally use Courtenay Place will travel via Wakefield Street, Jervois Quay and Willeston Street. There will be changes that evening for routes 7 and 11 too.
"These are tentative, weather-dependent dates that could change, so bus users will need to keep an eye out for Metlink posters at bus stops and, if in doubt, check the Metlink website or phone 0800 801 700 for more information." Mr Michael says.