Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Contractors started resealing the 1km closed stretch of John
Wilson Ocean Dr in Dunedin yesterday, in preparation for it
being reopened to vehicles.
Test walking the freshly laid chip seal yesterday is Downer
contractor Amy Williams (above).
Resealing is expected to be finished today, ready for
road-marking and signage within two weeks, depending on
Dunedin City Council parks manager Lisa Wheeler said a
decision on when vehicles would be allowed back on the road
was expected to be made this week.
Councillors voted in December to spend $80,000 to reseal the
road and reopen it to vehicles between 11am and 3pm on
The road was closed in 2006 and reopened for two weeks in
Security guards will remove bollards at the St Kilda end of
the road each weekday at 11am, allowing vehicles in.
The bollards would be replaced at 3pm each day, Ms Wheeler
The cost of the daily opening and closing would be about
$5000 a year.
One side of the newly sealed road will be marked off for the
use of walkers and cyclists when it is open to vehicle
traffic. Outside those hours, non-motorised traffic is free
to use the whole road.
The vehicle speed limit will initially be 50kmh, until funds
have been found, via council support of community
initiatives, to provide traffic calming required for an
intended permanent solution of reducing the speed limit to
That could cost up to $94,000.
If such support is not forthcoming by May 1 this year, staff
will report to councillors on whether the 50kmh speed limit
is appropriate to continue on a permanent basis or whether an
alternative is required.
Council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema said a 7m-wide
carriageway would be painted on the inland side of the road.