Walkways on either side of the Water of the Leith, from the
Leith St footbridge to Forth St, will be closed to the public
for the next few months.
The closures will allow contractors to begin work on the next
stage of the Leith flood protection scheme.
The council has let the construction contract to Lund South
and the company will begin work in the next few days.
Council environmental engineering and natural hazards
director Gavin Palmer said the work was being carried out
over the summer to coincide with the university holidays so
as to minimise disruption to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
"Access to the construction zone is prohibited while the work
is under way, and a parking area adjacent to the university
commerce department building on Clyde St will be closed."
The Leith St footbridge would still be accessible during the
Weather permitting, it was expected the works would be
completed by February-March next year before the risk of a
flood event increased with the arrival of autumn, he said.
It was the latest in an eight-stage project to reduce
flooding hazards for the central business district, including
University of Otago property and facilities, while improving
the area's aesthetic appeal and physical access to the water.
The Cumberland to Dundas Sts stage was completed earlier this
The works' design was the result of 12 months' "constructive
discussions" between the council and the university, Dr
There were many elements to the work, which mainly involved
removing the upper sections of the existing concrete walls on
both sides of the channel between the Leith St footbridge and
Clyde St and the true right bank between Clyde St and Forth
The lower sections of concrete wall would secure the edge of
the river channel, while providing greater visual and
physical access to the river bank, he said.
The river would be widened by excavating both banks between
the Leith St footbridge and Clyde St and the true right bank
between Clyde St and Forth St.
The works would not be fully effective in reducing flooding
hazards until the other stages upstream were completed, he