Stormwater upgrade work due to begin

A major upgrade of Frankton's stormwater system will start this week, in a bid to meet rapidly increasing demand.

A new community playing field will also be developed in the area, the Queenstown Lakes District Council said.

In a press release issued yesterday, council property and infrastructure manager Peter Hansby said the project would provide for present and future stormwater capacity, as growth in the area continued.

"The rapid pace of growth in Frankton has driven the development of a long-term strategy for the future management of stormwater in the area.

"We've identified the best possible long-term solution and plan to kick off stage one of the upgrade at the end of January 2019,'' Mr Hansby said.

The recently completed Eastern Access Rd project addressed a significant portion of the land area to the north of Grant Rd, with a main trunk stormwater system capturing and transporting stormwater to the Shotover River Delta.

"The northeast Frankton line will manage the remaining stormwater in the Frankton Flats area, allowing for the future demands of the whole catchment area and rain events greater than one in every 20 years,'' Mr Hansby said

A playing field is also planned above Remarkables Primary School.

"These works ... will see deep trenches dug along the pipeline route, along with thrusting the pipe under State Highway 6.''

The excess fill will be transported to the site above the primary school and turned into a sports field, which is expected to open this spring.

Work is set to start at the Frankton lakefront in the next fortnight and is expected to last until August.

It will cause "minor disruption'' to the Frankton Track, details of which will be shared online.


 

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