Plan to open drive on Wednesday

The long-awaited reopening to vehicles of Dunedin's John Wilson Ocean Dr is expected to happen on Wednesday.

Dunedin city council parks manager Lisa Wheeler said there were a few minor details to work out, but it was expected that signs explaining the rules and times of opening would go up on Wednesday morning, before the bollards were lifted out for the first time at 11am.

The 1km stretch of road has been closed to vehicles for more than six years, initially while a sewage outfall pipe was constructed, then while the council tried to decide whether to make it a permanent vehicle-free promenade.

Security guards will remove and replace bollards at the St Kilda end of the road at 11am and 3pm respectively each week day, allowing vehicles to travel along it at up to 50kmh.

New road markings have been painted on, to separate vehicles from pedestrians during those open hours. At all other times the road is open for pedestrians only.


This whole saga concerning John Wilson Drive, has dragged on for far too long. We have been blatantly misinformed and I believe the true issue has been hidden behind a smoke screen.

I truly believe the real issue is the toxic waste that was used to build the drive in the first place, has anyone seen the signs at the Lawyers Head end? There may be copious amounts of asbestos buiried beneath your feet. Asbestos is only dangerous when airborne and we do get some pretty impressive winds up there. Is council covering this up by sensationalising personal tragedy?

Maybe the cleaning up of past council mistakes is just too expensive to bother about, so in true fashion, if all else fails, mislead the public.


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