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Drills fuel flyover rumour mill

7/12/2011 9:38:00 a.m.

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RUMOURS that the New Zealand Transport Agency is drilling in preparation for the construction of a flyover are concerning residents close to the Basin Reserve. Capital Times has received reports from locals worried that the NZTA is drilling at various sites around the Basin in order to put in pylons foundations.
Anthony Frith, NZTA Media Manager, says that’s not the case and that the drilling is actually a geotechnical investigation.
“We’re doing the work to get an understanding of the soil and ground conditions around the Basin,” explains Frith, “This work would be necessary regardless of which option is pursued so it is prudent to carry it out now.”
The NZTA advised residents of work taking place from November to January in Mt Victoria and Mt Cook in a letter dated November 11.
The letter, signed by Wellington State Highway Manager Rod James, stated that the work was “the second stage of our geotechnical investigations for the proposals for improving the transport network around the Basin Reserve”.
James states that investigation work includes drilling boreholes up to 30 to 40 metres deep, digging test pits up to five metres deep, and seismic surveys.
In the same letter, notice was given of the demolition work to get rid of earthquake-prone buildings on the corner of Kent Terrace and Ellice Street.
Anthony Frith says the NZTA is now analysing submissions on the Basin Reserve transport upgrade, “A comprehensive report summarising feedback will be released next year, as will our decisions.”
Residents still concerned about the drilling should contact Jane Tronson at the New Zealand Transport Agency.
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