Construction due to start on bridge

Construction work is ready to begin in the next few days on the new bridge over the Water of Leith that will carry State Highway 88 past the new Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Dunedin City Council general manager city environment Tony Avery said yesterday the first step would be to drive piles for the bridge.

It is understood the large crane brought in to lift steel sections of the stadium into place will also be used on the bridge construction.

The stadium bypass follows the railway line from Frederick St to the Leith and then veers back to Ravensbourne Rd near Palmers quarry.

Mr Avery said the design had been finalised and funding had been approved "up to a number".

However, the council was still waiting to confirm land purchases.

"We've still got to get some land and that's well through the negotiation process.

We haven't secured it yet."

The Otago Daily Times reported in May 2008 the route of the bypass would pass through land owned by East Parry Investments, of which hotelier Earl Hagaman was a director.

Other land required for the bypass was part of the land package bought by the Carisbrook Stadium Trust.

An agreement was in place for the trust to sell it to the council at the price at which it was purchased.

Other land was owned by OnTrack.

The bypass is part of a $34 million project to improve State Highway 88 traffic flows around Otago Harbour from State Highway 1 at Andersons Bay to Ravensbourne Rd.



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