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SA Water will work closely with Adelaide City Council and Adelaide Botanic Gardens to replace 2.2km of the Hackney Road trunk water main. Works will begin in October 2015.

“SA Water and our contractor have collaborated with government agencies and local stakeholders in planning the alignment route,” said Commercial & Business Development General Manager, Jim McGuire.

“To avoid works on the heritage-listed Hackney Road Bridge, SA Water is negotiating with DPTI on alternative options to cross the River Torrens. We are in discussions for our new pipe to be attached to a River Torrens pedestrian bridge proposed as part of the O-Bahn City Access project.”

Works will commence at the corner of North Terrace and Hackney Road and progress towards the corner of Walkerville Terrace and Robe Terrace.

To minimise the impact on road users, businesses and residents, road works will take place at night and on some weekends.

“Some speed restrictions and traffic management will be in place on Hackney Road’s north-bound lanes to ensure public safety,” said Mr McGuire.
New sections of the water main will be moved from under Hackney Road and realigned through the eastern edge of the Botanic Gardens and Park Lands.

“We are working closely with local councils, the Park Lands Authority and the Botanic Gardens to minimise the impact of the installation,” said Mr McGuire.

Comprehensive arborist investigations have been conducted to assist in planning a route through this sensitive area.

“We have had great feedback from working with the Botanic Gardens and Adelaide City Council management on this project,”said Mr McGuire. “I am very pleased with the co-operation all parties have shown in making this happen.”

The works form part of SA Water’s proactive water mains replacement program to ensure ongoing water security. The current pipework is more than 90 years old.

The Hackney Road trunk water main pipeline connects to the Hope Valley Water Treatment Plant and plays a critical role in providing water for the Adelaide CBD.

Authorised SA Water contractor Fulton Hogan won the contract for the project, which includes an upgrade to SA Water’s Hackney Road pipeline, as well as an upgrade of a similar pipe under North East Road.

Residents and businesses in the area have been advised about the project. Consultation meetings have also been held with the National Wine Centre and the Adelaide Zoo.

The project is scheduled for completion in July 2016.

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