Lift on the way: The St Mary’s underpass is close to being finished as pieces of the lift arrived yesterday and were craned into place.
Lift on the way: The St Mary’s underpass is close to being finished as pieces of the lift arrived yesterday and were craned into place.

Underpass project is near end

IT won’t be long now until Rose City residents are walking through the St Mary’s underpass as the last works are nearing completion and aiming for a May public opening.

Yesterday Bellingham’s 50 tonne crane towered alongside the historic St Mary’s Church lifting 21 pieces of equipment for the lifts required for the Split Campus Underpass project.

A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said all the equipment was successfully lowered in place on the northern entrance.

“The lift equipment for the southern entrance will arrive and be installed next week,” the spokeswoman said.

St Mary’s pupils have been scurrying safely through the underpass since the start of the school year and it is expected to be open to the whole community by May weather permitting.

As part of the project, reinstallation has commenced of the heritage front fence of St Mary’s Church in Palmerin Street, following the temporary removal in May last year.

Other recent works completed include switching on the security lights, full landscaping works, installation of security cameras and glass on northern lift.

The artwork – entitled Undercurrent – on the glass lift walls and on the balustrades has been designed by local artist, Dorothy Haig and the glass is currently being put into place on the southern side.



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