So why is Jervois Quay closed this weekend?
In February 2021, an unexpected hole developed on Jervois Quay, which was due to a collapsed old earthenware stormwater pipe. A temporary fix was implemented at the time to ensure the safety of all drivers, as well as reducing the risk of flooding in the city centre.
In April 2021, Wellington Water were working hard on the replacement of the temporary fix from February, but it collapsed, meaning that it could no longer be repaired. After much investigation, it was determined that the 100-year-old earthenware pipe needed to be replaced entirely.
Wellington Water contractors have been working on the areas around Jervois Quay since, leaving the six traffic lanes across the street to be fixed over the weekend. Multiple crews will work around the clock over the four days to replace the pipe under Jervois Quay – work that would normally take six weeks to complete.
Work began after peak-hour traffic last night (Thursday 3 June). Jervois Quay is set to reopen before 6am on Tuesday 8 June.
It’s strongly encouraged to avoid driving in the area and look at alternative travel options such as taking public transport, riding your bike or e-scooter, or walking.