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Engineering firm Aecom has been engaged to provide decision-makers with an early indication of the preferred way forward for the council’s "tertiary project".
The firm will not only investigate improvements in priority areas Union St East, Clyde St, Harbour Tce and Albany St, but also underground stormwater and wastewater pipe renewal, the council’s latest transport activity report says.
Aecom has also been involved in the George St redevelopment.
The tertiary project, planned together with the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic, was recently awarded NZ Transport Agency innovating streets for people funding.
In Union St East, that funding would allow for a redevelopment to reprioritise how the street was used so there was more space for the large numbers of pedestrians who used it daily to move between lectures and meetings.
Those steps would cost $300,000 in total; the city council’s share would be $30,000, the Otago Daily Times reported in June.