German tourist Michael Klemz uses the shared path on an
improved section of Portobello Rd in 2012. Cyclists could
be able to cycle on the path to Macandrew Bay if
councillors agree to change the construction schedule for
the shared path on the rest of the road. Photo by Jane
Feedback over the past year has prompted the Dunedin City
Council to review in what order it widens sections of Otago
Peninsula roads to fix sea walls and add shared paths for
cyclists and pedestrians.
So far, 5.3km of the 18.4km stretch of Portobello and
Harington Point Rds from Marne St to Harington Point has been
widened and a shared path added.
The remaining 13.1km is planned to be done over the next 12
years at a cost of $27 million, subject to funding - the New
Zealand Transport Agency is expected to subsidise the work by
up to 65%.
The capital work is built into the council's long-term
budgets, although staff have indicated several sections can
now be done within existing budgets.
Under the present agreement, determined in consultation with
the community in 2005-6 and which focuses on making the
improvements in the built-up areas first and then linking
them, sections of Harington Point Rd are programmed to be
done this year and next.
The remaining sections linking the greater metropolitan area
to Macandrew Bay are not programmed to be completed for
another six years.
However, council staff say feedback from locals and other
interested parties over the past year has indicated a desire
to complete the Dunedin to Macandrew Bay section earlier.
Transportation staff have requested direction from
councillors, who will discuss the matter during their 2014-15
annual plan discussions this week, on whether to change the
sequence of work.
Noting it would be practical to do the sections of Harington
Point Rd scheduled to be improved in 2014 and 2015 because of
the poor condition of the existing sea wall and road,
projects engineer Evan Matheson outlined three options for
councillors to consider: do the critical widening of
Harington Point Rd then work at Broad Bay and Portobello, but
leave the less populated sections in those areas until the
end of the programme, meaning the Dunedin-Macandrew Bay
sections would be completed a year earlier; complete the
critical work at Harington Point Rd then start from the
Dunedin end and work north, completing the Dunedin-Macandrew
Bay section three years earlier; or simply start from Dunedin
end and move north, completing the Dunedin-Macandrew Bay
section four years earlier.