News | 17 July 2019
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Pt Jerningham down to one lane overnight tomorrow

People driving east after work tomorrow night (Thursday 18 July) and into the city on Friday morning (19 July) should consider taking another route or expect some delay on Oriental Parade at Pt Jerningham.

Map of affected section of Evans Bay parade ahead of one way road closures

Where work is under way on the new two-way bike path around Evans Bay, traffic is normally only down to one lane between 9am and 4pm, but the contractors have reached one of the narrowest sections and need to make special arrangements tomorrow night.

Weather permitting, they will be laying the new kerb and drainage channel through this section during the day tomorrow. For safety reasons, while the new concrete sets, traffic management will need to remain in place overnight.

Workers will manage the traffic with stop and go signs during the evening’s peak time so they can respond to varying traffic volumes and minimise disruption. Temporary traffic lights will then be in place overnight.

At 6am on Friday, workers will again begin controlling traffic through this section using stop and go signs.

People on bikes and on foot will need to share the brand new footpath through the work zone, and should take extra care.

If the work can’t be done tomorrow because of the weather, the contractors will be aiming to get it done on Monday (22 July) instead, weather permitting.

Wellington City Council Principal Engineer Veronica Byrne says she has worked with the contractors to decide on the best way to get the new kerbs installed through this short narrow section as quickly as possible and with the least possible disruption.

“The people managing the traffic will be doing their best to make sure drivers don’t have to wait too long. However, during the Thursday evening and Friday morning peak times, some delays are possible so people may want to consider taking another route.

“We’ve picked Thursday and Monday as our options for getting this important work done as they are the nights that our traffic data shows tend to the quietest on this route.”