The Dunedin City Council is investigating how it could
complete widening Portobello and Harington Point Rds in four
years instead of nine.
Options for achieving that will be the subject of a report to
councillors at the end of this year.
While councillors earlier this year asked staff to
investigate how it could get the project done sooner with no
or minimal increase in rates, a recent report to councillors
on transport project priorities for the next 10 years
suggests staff are working on a time frame of having the work
done within four years.
It had been scheduled to take another nine years to finish.
Transportation group manager Gene Ollerenshaw confirmed staff
were exploring, as instructed by the council, how they could
remodel the long-term budget to allow for the Broad
Bay-Portobello and Vauxhall-Glenfalloch sections of the
project to be done at the same time, or as close as possible,
and have the remaining sections done in a shorter time frame.
The work follows a high level of community interest and
debate over the sequencing of the project, including 578
submissions made on this year's annual plan.
Using a small surplus in the funding from the New Zealand
Transport Agency was one of the options being explored, he