Dunedin City Council senior contract engineer Chris Hasler
checks the cliff wall in Shore St, where safety fencing has
been installed beside the new cycle-walkway. The almost-
completed project is part of Package 1 of the South Dunedin
cycleway programme. Photo by Brenda Harwood
Cycle and pedestrian routes through the southern city are
opening up and work on Package 1 of the South Dunedin
cycleway-walkway is due to be completed at the end of this
Work started in November last year on the four connecting
sections of the network and, despite the poor summer weather,
contractor Fulton Hogan was on track to finish construction
of the 3.5km of 3m-wide pathways in the area ''more or less''
on schedule, Dunedin City Council senior contract engineer
Chris Hasler said.
''The first part of the network should be open to the public
in early May,'' Mr Hasler said.
The $1.7 million project is the first stage of the $4.5
million South Dunedin strategic cycle network.
Among the most visible sections of the new network are the
widened cycleway-walkway in Portsmouth Dr, the construction
of a shared pathway in Shore St and its linked pathway on the
city end of Portobello Rd, as well as a pathway in Royal
Work has also started in Victoria Rd along to Tahuna School.
''There have been some quite major changes in some of these
areas, and things are looking good,'' Mr Hasler said.
In particular, motorists and cyclists using the section of
Portobello Rd running between Portsmouth Dr and Andersons Bay
Rd would notice major changes. The southern side of this road
was now closed to traffic and now carried the
cycleway-walkway and the remaining carriageway was now for
Extensive signage would be installed to highlight the
situation for motorists, Mr Hasler said.
In Shore St, the shared pathway was complete and construction
of a $45,000 four-section safety fence, being built by Kim
Rapley Fencing, was almost finished. The sturdy fence was
designed to catch any loose material that might wash down
from the cliff.
''Any material that is washed down in the rain will be quite
small, so I believe the fence will work very well,'' he said.
Dunedin City Council senior transportation planner Lisa
Clifford said the concepts for Package 2 of the South Dunedin
strategic cycle network had been handed over for detailed
design and would go out for tender in May.
- by Brenda Harwood