A new northward vista is emerging as flood protection work
continues on the west bank of the Water of Leith, near the
University of Otago clocktower building. Photo by Gerard
The western bank of the Water of Leith, opposite the
University of Otago clocktower building, is being reshaped as
the latest phase of flood protection work continues.
Otago Regional Council engineering, hazards and science
director Gavin Palmer said the work, by main contractor
Downer New Zealand Ltd, was ''well under way'', between the
St David St and Union St bridges.
Much of the work involved the western bank of the stretch, as
part of a design incorporating graduated access to the
stream, which would also increase its flood-carrying
Mr Palmer said this section of the project was expected to be
completed in July.
It had earlier been hoped to complete the work in June but
there had been some initial delays in relocating services
near the St David St footbridge.
A temporary bridge had to be installed nearby to carry
pedestrian traffic, as the existing footbridge could not be
accessed by the public during the redevelopment work, he