Tunnel upgrade work will happen at night.
Closure hours are 9pm to 6am. Traffic is being diverted through Newtown when the tunnel is closed.
Pedestrians and cyclists may be escorted through the tunnel at times if it is safe. When that’s not possible, a shuttle service is operating to get people from one side to the other.
The shuttle stops are in Taurimu Street on the Hataitai side and at the corner of Ellis (Basin roundabout) and Dufferin streets on the city side. The shuttle service originally travelled via Newtown but now uses the Hataitai bus tunnel.
The work – the second stage of a three-stage upgrade programme – is not a Council project. It is being undertaken by the NZ Transport Agency to ensure the tunnel can continue to operate effectively. It includes:
- an overhaul of the ventilation system
- the installation of brighter, more energy-efficient LED lights, new wall panels and an emergency communications system
- strengthening the walking and cycle path
- a new colour scheme
- strengthening the slopes above the tunnel entrances
- refurbishing the control room.
The tunnel’s original systems and components were appropriate when they were installed. However, more modern equipment will improve the operation, environment and safety in the tunnel.
The first stage of the Mt Victoria Tunnel upgrade began in May 2011 and continued to late 2012. The project involved an upgrade of the fire systems and earthquake-related safety improvements and included removing the ceiling (plenum), installing fire sprinklers and a new deluge system.
More than 45,000 cars per day travel through the tunnel along with pedestrians and cyclists who use an elevated walkway.
The work is being carried out by Memorial Park Alliance, the same group of companies that built Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and worked with the Council to transform Victoria Street.
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For more information about the project and closures, go to: nzta.govt.nz/mvt-upgrade2