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Mt Eden stormwater diversion works Updates

LATEST UPDATES - Mt Eden works 

On this page you will find updates on the City Rail Link work in the Mt Eden area.

You can see background details about the work here


Jeffie starts her journey

11 January 2019

Jeffie – the micro tunnel boring machine installing a replacement stormwater main through Mt Eden – started her 420m pipe-jack journey from Water St today.

Tunnelling at a depth of about 17m, Jeffie is expected to arrive at her Nikau St reception shaft in late March. The existing stormwater main lies in the path of the future  CRL tunnels at Mt Eden, so must be diverted before work can begin on building the new station and twin underground tunnels in the area.

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Jeffie lowered into the shaft

19 December 2018

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Today Jeffie, the tunnel boring machine being used at Mt Eden, was lowered into the launch shaft in Water Street and will start her pipejack journey towards Nikau Street in the new year.

Jeffie will be used to help divert a section of the existing Mt Eden stormwater pipe, which will be in the way of the CRL tunnel.

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Ground investigation work in the rail corridor - 27 December 2018 to 5 January 2019

What is going to happen and why?

Geotechnical investigations are planned in the rail corridor at Mt Eden over the Christmas break. The work involves drilling boreholes and undertaking cone penetration testing (CPT) to better understand ground conditions. The results will assist CRL engineers with the design of the physical structures that are needed to connect the new CRL line with the existing Western Line track at Mt Eden.

When will the work take place?

These works are scheduled to take place between 7am and 6pm, from Thursday 27 December to Saturday 5 January. For safety reasons, the ground investigations are timed to coincide with KiwiRail’s Christmas/New Year maintenance schedule, when the rail line will be closed to trains and overhead electrified wires turned off.

Where is it happening?

The ground investigations are taking place within the rail corridor at various locations, from just east of the Normanby Road rail crossing to the Mt Eden Station side of Porters Avenue.

How will this affect me?

Aspects of the work have the potential to create noise. However, our crew will only be working at each location for a short period of time and the noise generated is not expected to cause much disturbance to surrounding properties.

The boreholes will take approximately two days at each location and the CPT approximately one hour.

These works will not affect access, traffic or parking in your area.

What else is coming up?

Further ground investigations, including ‘pot-holing’ to confirm the exact locations of underground utility services, are being planned outside the rail corridor between mid-January and the end of February 2019.

Pot-holing involves the creation of a small trench using a hydraulic excavator or hydro-excavation unit to expose the existing utilities. This enables us to accurately survey their positions before CRL track works begin on the Western Line. It will take about two to four hours per location, depending on the size of the trench required.  

The exact timing of these works has yet to be confirmed.

Who can I contact for more information about the investigation works?

The investigations are being undertaken by Aurecon and specialist drilling company Drill Force. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Steve Temple, Senior Project Manager, Aurecon 021 686 764 steve.temple@aurecongroup.com

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04 December 2018

Ceremony for tunnel boring machine

A blessing was held today for Jeffie, the tunnel boring machine being used at Mt Eden.

Jeffie is expected to be lowered into the launch shaft in Water Street by Christmas and start her pipejack journey towards Nikau Street in the new year.

St Barbara is the patron saint of miners and tunnellers. A statuette of her was carried by MBJV tunnel supervisor Laurent LeCalvez down the shaft at Mt Eden where tunnel boring machine Jeffie will be used to help divert a section of the existing Mt Eden stormwater pipe, which will be in the way of the CRL tunnel.

WORKERS: The MBJV team

WORKERS: The MBJV team

It’s traditional when a new project starts for a small shrine to Santa Barbara to be set up at the tunnel, followed by a dedication and an invocation to Santa Barbara for protection of the workers.

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19 November 2018

Water St shaft excavation reaches halfway

At Mt Eden, work is progressing on construction of 17-metre-deep shafts required as part of CRL’s stormwater realignment contract.

Contractor March Bessac is tasked with diverting a 420-metre section of stormwater main that lies in the path of the future CRL tunnels at Mt Eden.

The new main will be installed by a micro tunnel boring machine named ‘Jeffie’, who is expected to be lowered into the Water Street launch shaft in December and start her journey towards the Nikau Street reception shaft in the New Year.

The concrete pipe segments that will be pushed along behind Jeffie as she bores the new stormwater tunnel continue to arrive at the Water Street construction site.

A bentonite plant has also been established to assist with the pipe-jack work. Bentonite is a special type of clay used in tunnelling to create a fluid sleeve around the pipeline to help keep the soil from closing in during works.

A bentonite slurry circuit is also used to carry the tunnel cuttings to the surface for separation. The treatment plant separates the solids from the bentonite fluid and returns it to the tunnelling machine. The solid material generated will be carted to a certified fill site.

A special ceremony for Jeffie will be held on 4 December, St Barbara’s Day. St Barbara is the patron saint of miners, making it an appropriate day to hold a ceremony to bless the workers and equipment before the tunnelling work begins.

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10 September 2018

Ground support begins

Ground support work has begun at CRL’s Ruru St site in Eden Terrace. Posts are being installed before construction of a 15m-deep shaft that will receive the mini tunnel-boring machine (TBM) that will lay a replacement stormwater pipe from Water St.

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The existing stormwater main lies in the path of the future CRL tunnels at Mt Eden, so must be diverted before CRL’s station and tunnel works can begin in the area.

Contractor March Bessac JV is also completing piling works at the Water Street site in preparation for the 17m-deep shaft that will launch the TBM on her 400-metre journey.

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27 July 2018

Jeffie arrives on site at Mt Eden

‘Jeffie’, the mini tunnel boring machine that will pipe-jack a replacement stormwater line at Mt Eden ahead of CRL tunnelling works, has arrived on site at Mt Eden Road.

A German-built Herrenknecht AVN machine, Jeffie was sent to New Zealand from her base in Toulouse, France. She’s expected to start work in October - simultaneously excavating and laying a replacement 400-metre section of stormwater pipe between Water Street and the Ruru Street. The existing stormwater main lies in the way of the future CRL tunnels at Mt Eden.

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13 July 2018

Installation of the first 18m-deep pile at Water St

Piling works begin at Water Street

Piling works have begun at the end of Water Street ahead of CRL’s Mt Eden stormwater realignment works.

Contractor March Bessac Joint Venture (MBJV) is installing 89 piles to support the ground before it starts construction of the 17-metre-deep shaft that will launch Jeffie on her pipe-jacking mission. Work on the Water Street shaft is expected to begin late August, with all piling works completed in early September.

In addition to the stormwater realignment, pollutant traps are being installed at Boston and Normandy Roads as part of the stormwater network improvements for Auckland. They will capture large and non-biodegradable waste such as litter and coarse sediment to prevent it reaching waterways.

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02 July 2018

Shaft guide walls go in at Water Street site

At CRL’s Water Street site, construction is about to begin on the 17-metre-deep shaft required to launch the micro tunnel-boring machine (MTBM) that will install the new Mt Eden stormwater line.

The existing stormwater main sits lies in the way of the future CRL tunnels at Mt Eden, so a 400-metre section of the main must be diverted before the project’s main station and tunnels work can begin in the area.

SITE WORKS: Preparing for the construction of shaft guide walls

SITE WORKS: Preparing for the construction of shaft guide walls

A piling rig will start installing the shaft walls this month. Contractor March Bessac Joint Venture (MBJV) has selected equipment that minimises noise and vibration as much as possible, in this case a rig that bores the piles with a large auger rather than hammering steel piles into the ground.

‘Jeffie’, the MTBM that will pipejack the replacement stormwater main, is making her way to Auckland from France. She is due to arrive in mid-July and start pipejacking in October.

A second shaft will be created on the corner of Ruru and Nikau Streets, where Jeffie will complete her journey and be lifted out of the ground.

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22 May 2018

Second demolition completed

We're almost ready to start diverting a section of the existing Mt Eden stormwater pipe.

This is all that remains of the former Hyde Group building at Ruru St. 

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This needed to go before we start on the stormwater pipe.

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17 May 2018

Boring machine on its way

The new micro tunnel boring machine (MTBM) named Jeffie is now on its way from France.

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She'll be working on the Mt Eden stormwater realignment.

Jeffie will be launched from Water Street and travel underground to Ruru St to divert the stormwater line which is currently in the way of where the tunnels will be.

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14  May 2018

Demolition finished

They're gone! The apartment building at 26 Mt Eden Road has now been demolished.

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04 May 2018

Demolition going well

Here are the latest pictures showing the status of the demolition of the apartments at 26 Mt Eden Road.

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30 April 2018

Demolition update

The demolition at 26 Mt Eden Road is continuing.

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23 April 2018

Demolition works

Before the stormwater diversion, CRL needs to demolish apartments at 26 Mt Eden Road and the former Hyde Group building on the corner of Nikau and Ruru Streets. The demolition began today at 26 Mt Eden Road.

DEMOLITION: Demolition of the apartments at 26 Mt Eden Rd underway

DEMOLITION: Demolition of the apartments at 26 Mt Eden Rd underway