Gheringhap Street Drain Upgrade Project Update – 15 April 2019

Tunnelling at the Mercer Street end of Gheringhap Street continues this fortnight. The micro-tunnelling machine pushes 1.8m diameter sections of pipe underground at an average speed of 7 – 8 metres per day. Construction of the new Corio Bay outfall continues. Works include temporarily dismantling a section of the bluestone wall and minor excavation for the seafloor protection structure.
The new 450m long drain, to be built along Gheringhap Street to a new outfall into Corio Bay, will greatly reduce the frequency of flooding and the length of time surface flood waters impact the CBD, benefitting local businesses, residents, visitors and developers.
The major drain will be constructed using high-tech ‘micro-tunnelling’, a technique never before seen in Geelong. This method provides the greatest cost-benefit, shortest duration and the least amount of disruption to the local community. During the construction period, traffic management plans will be in place to minimise the impact on road, cycle and pedestrian users in the area.

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