Bridge work begins at stadium site

Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Photo by Peter McIntosh.

A crane lifts the first of 12 piles into place for the new State Highway 88 bridge across the Water of Leith on the harbour side of the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin yesterday.

The 18m pre-cast concrete bridge, with two traffic lanes and a shared cycle/pedestrian path, is part of the 1.2km stadium bypass running beside the railway line between Frederick St and Ravensbourne Rd, budgeted to cost in the vicinity of $19.35 million.

Dunedin City Council general manager city environment Tony Avery said yesterday part of the resource consent for the bridge required the piles be driven at a time when the work would not disturb spawning fish.

The speed limit on the new road will be 70km and new traffic lights will be installed at Frederick St.

Environmentally friendly stormwater retention ponds would be used and the road, bridge detailing, cycleway and landscaping would be "integrated with the area and the stadium project".

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