Montgomery Ave, off Dundas St, could be permanently closed
and a pedestrian walkway formed. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A proposal to permanently close Montgomery Ave, to enable
the Water of Leith to be widened to provide greater flood
protection to the city, will be discussed by the Dunedin City
Council next week.
Montgomery Ave, a narrow one-way street running off Dundas St
behind the University of Otago's new child-care centre, has
been closed off in recent times due to work on the centre and
flood works on the St David St Bridge.
The Otago Regional Council has proposed closing the road
permanently to allow for the river to be widened at its right
bank and creating a 2m-wide walkway linking Dundas St and St
David St and providing pedestrian access to the rear of the
It also proposed to turn a short section of the road at the
Dundas St end into a private driveway to allow firefighting
and maintenance access to the centre.
To do this, the regional council needs the approval of the
city council and it was proposed a memorandum of
understanding between the two councils and the university
covering the expectations and obligations of each be agreed
A report to the city council said it was expected the impact
of stopping the road would be minimal, even though it
averaged 80 vehicle movements a day.
Since the road was closed due to the construction work and
the temporary pedestrian bridge, there had been ''no apparent
traffic issue as a consequence'' of the temporary closure, it
Stopping the road would result in the loss of 13 car parking
spaces but those who had parked there had already found other
parking options since the road closed.
The closure was expected to improve the pedestrian experience
and safety, the report said.
''The new path will be 2m wide, better lit and safer with the
It was hoped the work could begin in November this year,
after exams finished, if all agreements and final design work
were in place.