The options for speeding up the widening of the low road
around the Otago Peninsula, and how much that could cost
ratepayers, will be studied over the next month.
The council is considering how it could afford to expedite
the work to have the $25 million project finished in the next
four years, instead of the planned nine years, after
inter-community debate broke out during this year's annual
The road widening includes the installation of a shared path
for cyclists and pedestrians. Some sections of road have
already been widened.
Communities on the Broad Bay-Portobello section of the road
wanted their part of the widening project completed first,
while communities at the Vauxhall end of the road, and
cyclists, wanted the link between Vauxhall and the already
widened section around Macandrew Bay, done first.
All argued their sections needed to be done sooner, for
Council transportation programme engineer Michael Harrison
said staff expected to engage a consultant within the next
week to work through the options for paying to speed up the
The consultant would be expected to produce a report on the
feasibility of accelerating the project and how much that
The plan was present the options to the council's
infrastructure services committee in November.
Councillors asked staff to investigate how it could get the
project finished sooner with no, or a minimal, increase in
ratesIf the council did not agree on any of the options for
speeding up the project, it would then have to decide the
order in which the various sections of Portobello and
Harington Point Rds would be completed, Mr Harrison said.
The budget for the consultant would come from the
department's operational budget.