Richmond’s Queen Street Upgrade to begin in New Year

Extensive infrastructure and street upgrades in Richmond’s Queen Street are set to begin in early February 2017. 

This work includes replacement of undersized and ageing stormwater and wastewater pipes, reprofile of the street to reduce the flood risk to properties and replacement of the street surface to a new, pedestrian-friendly design.  

Tasman District Council has awarded this contract to Hawkins Infrastructure NZ. This work will take place in stages beginning at the McIndoe Street roundabout, moving up toward Salisbury Road.   

In parallel with the first stage of work starting in February will be the replacement of a 50-year-old cement pipe running the length of Queen Street from Gladstone to Salisbury Road.  Replacement of this pipe early on will significantly reduce the risk of water disruption during construction, will be done mostly at night and take about four weeks to complete. 

All five stages from Gladstone Road to just before the Wensley roundabout will be complete by December 2017, when construction will shut down prior to the busy summer trading season. The last section, at the Salisbury Road end of Queen Street,which is smaller and will have less disruption than the other sections, will be completed in early 2018.

The Council, working with Hawkins Infrastructure NZ and Richmond Unlimited, will keep the public informed about access to Queen Street and Queen Street businesses.   Use of the ring roads is strongly encouraged.  Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times during business hours. 

More information about the upgrade can be found on the Tasman District Council website – www.tasman.govt.nz/queen-street