Progress on Frankton Stormwater upgrade

Frankton Stormwater pipe
Jul 1, 2019

An innovative approach to laying stormwater pipe under State Highway 6 will mean very little disruption to commuting locals.

Queenstown Lakes District Council General Manager Property and Infrastructure, Peter Hansby said the work to thrust a 2m diameter pipe under the road is part of the significant $7 Million upgrade of Frankton’s stormwater system.

“This major stormwater project kicked off back in January and has already seen over 450 metres of PE pipeline laid to provide for current and future capacity as growth in the area continues,” Mr Hansby said.

“This latest milestone will see a six metre deep pit built on the side of state highway six and a large thrusting machine lowered in to push three large two metre diameter steel pipes under the road,” he said.

“While a lower speed limit will be in place for health and safety reasons, the road will remain fully operational reducing the disruption for drivers,” he said.

The upgraded system is an environmentally friendly approach to managing stormwater and designed to manage up to a one in 100 year rain event.

“The upgrade means we are predominantly discharging stormwater to land, not water.  The pipe is set well back from the lake and any stormwater coming down the pipe enters a three stage filtration system.  This approach means that if any water does make it to the lake, it is clean and clear,” Mr Hansby said. 

QLDC General Manager Community Services Dr Thunes Cloete added that as a by-product of the earthworks, a playing field is being constructed above Remarkables Primary School.  

“These significant works have seen deep trenches dug along the pipeline route.  The excess fill is being transported to the site above the primary school and turned into a sports field,” Dr Cloete said.

“Access to sports fields is another area under pressure so it’s fantastic to be able to make this added benefit happen for our growing community,” Dr Cloete said.

The Frankton Stormwater upgrade is expected to be completed in August.


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