A final decision on when work will begin on the next
stage of the Water of Leith flood protection project has yet to
Work to widen the stretch of the Leith in front of the
University of Otago registry to increase flood-carrying
capacity had been due to start in November.
However, it had been delayed at the request of the
university, which was seeking confirmation of plans around
timing and mitigation.
Otago Regional council chief executive Peter Bodeker said the
council was still in discussions with the university to
ensure its students and staff would not be adversely affected
by the work.
''We hope to start early in the new year.''
The delayed start meant the work would not be completed
during the university's summer holidays, as first hoped,
which was a shame, he said.
It was important the university was satisfied with the
mitigation measures proposed so there were no surprises, he
''It was delayed for the right reasons. We can't shut the
It was estimated the work would cost $5.4 million, plus about
$204,000 from the university to beautify the banks of the
In the meantime, the stretch of work the council had done to
reduce the flood hazard between the Leith St footbridge and
Forth St was complete except for a few minor finishing
touches, he said.
The concrete walls along the riverbanks had been lowered and
the banks widened to provide more access to the Leith.