Historic Culvert Shifted For Victoria Park Tunnel


The historic Freemans Bay Culvert, built around 1900 to channel a stream from Western Park, will be relocated at Easter as part of preparation work for the building of the Victoria Park tunnel.

The brick-lined culvert still collects stormwater for all of Freemans Bay.

The drainage work, which includes the culvert, will mean the closure of the central Auckland intersection of Franklin Road and Victoria Street West over Easter.

In all, two stormwater drainage systems to be relocated away from the tunnel construction site.

The intersection will be closed to vehicles from 5am on Good Friday until 5am the following Tuesday, 6 April. Access will be maintained for pedestrians and cyclists.  Traffic will also be able to use the lower part of Franklin Road to reach the supermarket located there.

Construction of the 450 metre-long ‘cut and cover’ Victoria Park tunnel is due  to start next month.  When completed, it will carry three lanes of northbound traffic on the Southern Motorway. The existing viaduct over the park will be reconfigured to carry four southbound lanes of traffic.

The NZTA’s State Highways Manager for Auckland, Tommy Parker, says he is aware of the impact a roading project in the centre of Auckland is having on the community and everything is being done to minimise the inconvenience to people.“We are grateful for the support we are getting from the community and the Easter closure will help us keep to our timetable so that we can complete the Victoria Park Tunnel project on time.




  1. jarbury says:

    Hmmmmm… I wonder what route my bus will take on Monday morning through there.

    The Birdcage’s relocation will happen in late July I think.

  2. ingolfson says:

    Well, don’t ask MAXX… ;-)

  3. jarbury says:

    Ahh… no work on Monday, sweet!

  4. Jon C says:

    @jarbury for a moment i couldnt work out if you were being slave driven, overly dedicated or a workaholic LOL

  5. Jeremy Harris says:

    This re-raises this question for me:
    Why is congestion caused during construction and the time loss generated not counted AGAINST the BCR of infrastructure projects..?

  6. max says:

    Jeremy, I am not sure that is worth making too much of a fuss about it - in the worst case scenario, it would create a barrier against any sort of infrastructure works. And while I will NOT join into any chorus claiming that NZ’s infrastructure is in horrible shape (other western countries have it much worse), we should be careful with what might slow down needed works.

    And I see no certainty that this would be anywhere a positive change for PT - who knows how the BCR on the Remuera Road and Park Road and Khyer Pass rail overbridges would have been if the delays had been counted as part of the costs?

    I know you are only talking BCR, not funding money, but…

  7. Jeremy Harris says:

    I don’t see it creating a barrier, the same funding pot (generally speaking) is still available, I think it will lead to better spending i.e. more factors relating to a projects true cost will be taken into account…


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