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A sign saying ‘footpath closed’ was in my way as I walked to the Book Fridge yesterday.  I’d already jaywalked across the road, and along this ‘closed’ footpath before I got to the sign, so I ignored it, as I do many others of the same ilk.

On my second trip to the fridge (I’m decluttering), as I went to cross the road a man in a high vis vest came running towards me, waving his arms to deter me.  He assured me that it was illegal for me to cross near my house and there was dangerous work going on that meant I could be killed.  The work was concrete cutters on the opposite footpath, and a noisy suction truck.

I queried how it could be more dangerous for me to cross and walk along a footpath where I would be further from the work than I was standing at my front gate, and he said “it just is”.  When I persisted he told me I would be acting illegally to cross there (which I do several times a week).  He said I might die, and it was his job to stop me crossing, otherwise he would be responsible for any consquences.  I then queried the fact that a car was parked beside that very same ‘closed’ footpath, and he replied that it had been there all day – presumably that meant it wasn’t in danger!  While we spoke a woman drove up and parked her car beside the path outside Piko (on yellow lines).  He said this was illegal, but didn’t make any attempt to stop her.

I dutifully walked up to the corner and crossed on the pedestrian crossing, and later observed others using the ‘closed’ path without being accosted.

It is this kind of officiousness that has been annoying so many people during the central city rebuild.   I appreciate this man had health and safety obligations, but he needs to have a logical explanation rather than saying “it just is”.  During the night there were continual noises, and this morning the footpath is clear once more.

“I’m sick and tired of road restrictions
and these unneeded path evictions.”

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This sign was on Oxford Terrace by the Restart Mall on 8 March, so is definitely out-of-date for any ‘temporary’ road closure supposed to end on 14 February.  I can appreciate that it’s hard to know just when roadworks will finish, but I’d rather they gave no date at all than raised false hopes.

“If they don’t know the actual day
it would be better not to say.”

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We were rudely awoken at 5.45am by noise of vehicles and people.  A large trailer carrying this tracked vehicle parked right outside our bedroom window.

Excavator

Excavator

A team then slowly undid all the fastenings and the machine tracked off the trailer and into the convenient parking spot.  Later we found a notice in the letter box advising us that the road outside is to be repaved this week.  Milling, i.e. jackhammer-type noise, will happen on Sunday night, and the repaving on Monday night.  We are warned that “Some noise will be generated from this operation and there will be the use of amber flashing beacons for Health and Safety requirements.”  Not much chance of a sound night’s sleep, methinks.  Surely once the new surface is laid we won’t have any more roadworks for a while.

“While this goes on outside our gate
sweet dreams are an unlikely fate.”

 

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They’re digging up the road outside the Cottage – again!

Digging up the road (Small)

This time we didn’t get any warning beforehand, but at least they’re only working in the daytime.  Apparently this is to renew major stormwater pipes.  I thought that had already been done, but maybe not?  We’ve had the road dug up so many times we can’t keep count.

“They’re digging up the road again
those perpetual digging men.”

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Oxford Terrace has been cut off at the Barbadoes Street Bridge because of wastewater repairs.  While repairs are going on underground the wastewater is travelling through a rubber bypass, which crosses Oxford Terrace and precludes traffic there.

Wastewater Bypass

Wastewater Bypass

The wastewater is being pumped up from a person-hole in the footpath, and presumably comes from the houses in Nova Place, including ours.  I asked “our” wastewater workers, but they knew nothing about it because it’s being done by a different crew.

The wastewater comes out of this hole in the footpath

The wastewater comes out of this hole in the footpath

All this is a real pain for those still living in Hurley Street because they have to take the long way round Oxford Terrace by the river, a road that it is full of mounds and potholes.  Some people were taking a shortcut across “our” field (the old Star and Garter site), but the owners put a stop to that with a chain and a padlock.

The chain stopped the shortcut

The chain stopped the shortcut

Yesterday I saw a vehicle sneaking across at another point where the chain fence must have been breached.  I certainly can’t blame them.  They’ve been cut off for weeks with little sign of progress.

“It’s maddening when your road is blocked
and your alternate way is locked.”

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This month they’re repairing the wastewater main right outside the cottage.  Part of Nova Place is expected to be closed for about three weeks.  Our section will be done using trenchless technology (i.e. pipelines), but further down the street the wastewater pipe will be replaced through open trenching.  We’ve been warned to expect increased noise, dust, and vibration, and we’re not allowed to use our usual parking space.

They started by cutting a section of our footpath

They started by cutting a section of our footpath

They lifted up the slice of footpath

Then they lifted up the slice of footpath

A big sucker truck was used to remove the earth

A big sucker truck was used to remove the earth

They sprayed water in the hole to make a sludge, then they sucked all the earth out.  This way they can see where all the pipes and cables are.  They don’t use shovels to dig things out any more because lines may have moved in the earthquake and there’s a danger that a shovel might cut something vital.   We’ve been assured “There will be no expected interruptions to your existing water, wastewater, power, or telecommunication services while we undertake this work.”  Does this mean there may be unexpected interruptions?  I just hope they get it finished before Xmas.

“My feelings re all this are mixed.
I’ll just be glad to have it fixed.”

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