Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
People watch from the St David St footbridge as a temporary
bridge is lowered by crane across the Water of Leith.
The $110,000 bridge will be in place for about three months
during the completion of flood protection works in front of
the University of Otago's Registry Building.
The St David St footbridge will be taken out of commission to
allow it to be extended to give the Water of Leith greater
flow capacity during flooding.
University of Otago chief operating officer John Patrick said
the structure made a convenient Leith crossing when students
had consecutive classes on either side.
The last time the footbridge was closed for repairs the
university received numerous complaints even though there are
other bridges across the Leith to the north and south.