Concrete was poured yesterday as work to extend the St David
St footbridge continued as part of flood protection works on
the Water of Leith.
The new stormwater outlet pipe is pictured at left and
workmen (top centre) stand on the new concrete panel, which
will form the downstream abutment of the new bridge
Wet weather in recent weeks had delayed some of the work, but
contractors were working as fast as possible, the Otago
Regional Council said.
The delays were the result of the University of Otago's
request for a temporary footbridge to be installed across the
Leith before the St David St bridge was decommissioned to
allow for its extension, council science, natural hazards and
engineering director Gavin Palmer said.
''It shifted the programme into a less favourable timeframe
where the days are shorter and the weather more adverse.''
Contractors were doing a lot of work off-site, such as
pre-casting concrete, to help the timeframe.
''They are progressing as fast as practicable.''
The university had asked for the council to finish the works
by June 2 so the semester's exams were not interrupted, but
Dr Palmer said that was not realistic given the bridge delay.
Contractors were considering moving some of the ''noisy''
work forward so as to not interrupt exams, he said.
The council and university were regularly liaising about the
work and its impact, he said.