Flood protection work continues yesterday on the Water of Leith, in front of the University of Otago's registry building, in Dunedin. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Wet weather and underground surprises have slowed work on the
multimillion-dollar makeover of the stretch of the Water of
Leith in front of the University of Otago's registry
Work was progressing as fast as ''practicable'', Otago
Regional Council engineering, hazards and science director
Gavin Palmer said.
However, he could not confirm if the work would be finished
by an August deadline.
''It's looking good, but clearly we'd like it finished sooner
About $5.4 million is being spent on lowering the concrete
wall on the west side of
the Leith in front of the University of Otago's Registry
Building and extending the span of the St David St footbridge
to allow for greater flood flows and better access to the
Dr Palmer said the Otago Regional Council and its contractors
had been beset by problems beyond their control.
A run of wet weather had meant the river levels were too high
to undertake in-stream works and then it was discovered the
footings of the St David St bridge were not as substantial as
first thought, he said.
''We are trying to resolve these problems quickly and
The council had hoped to finish the works before winter but
were delayed by a University of Otago request for a temporary
bridge across the Leith while the St David St bridge was out
The council was well advanced in its planning for the next
section of works, from the footbridge up past Montgomery Ave.
It was on track to put the work out for tender and for
preliminary work to begin in November.
The Dunedin City Council and the university were working
through the timing issues, he said.
Next, the ORC would look at what needed to be done to ease
flooding pressure on the corner under the university's
information technology services building, which would link
work done downstream of the Leith St footbridge with the