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There are rules for projects to reduce the impact of construction on people and the environment.
Two important jobs for the Alliance engineers and designers are to;
Careful planning helps the Alliance to be a good neighbour to the schools, businesses and people passing by during construction.
A temporary road has been set up for traffic to pass by the construction site;
A very small part of the old Buckle Street remains intact so visitors can access the National War Memorial after coming along Tasman Street.
Mount Cook School is very close to the Memorial Park construction site.
The workers keep the project site clean and tidy and make as little dust as possible.
The workers have bored deep holes by the school so they can monitor the groundwater levels beside the trench.
Items that people used long ago may be buried under Buckle Street;
Some of the smaller treasures they have found are on show at the Alliance information centre in Taranaki Street.
One treasure that has always been above ground is the historic Home of Compassion Crèche building.
The Alliance will move the crèche a short distance away from the new road and it will have its own place inside the Memorial Park.
Archaeologists work in the underpass construction site to protect the artefacts they have found. Image: NZTA.
A noise wall has been constructed alongside Mount Cook School to reduce the impact of noise from the construction site. Image: NZTA.
Sheet piles have been placed in front of the old Mount Cook Police Barracks to protect it against land movement.
Ground water levels are closely monitored. If necessary, the workers will pump water into the holes if the ground becomes too dry. This stops the soil from shrinking and prevents any damage to nearby building foundations. Image: NZTA.