Second Beach track repairs set to start

Work to repair the Second Beach track and clear large slips on the walkway, which has been closed since July last year, is set to start soon. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Work to repair the Second Beach track and clear large slips on the walkway, which has been closed since July last year, is set to start soon. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
More than a year after it was damaged during heavy rain, work to repair a popular Dunedin walking track is set begin soon - but will come at a cost.

Access to the Second Beach track at St Clair has been closed since July last year after heavy rain caused slips and undermined the strength of the walkway.

Dunedin City Council parks and cemetery manager Gareth Jones said a geotechnical investigation had been completed and a design for the track had been proposed.

Affected neighbouring property owners were being notified and work would start once the resource consent had been granted, Mr Jones said.

The whole project would cost about $400,000.

It was a large project which had been complicated because the track access had been limited and there were two or three large slips which needed to be cleared, he said.

One slip near the track entrance needed to be cleared and stabilised so heavy machinery required for the work could safely access the track.

The bank which led down to the track also needed to be stabilised, work which affected some private property owners.

''We are just going through a landowner consent process now. We've been working through the impacts with the property owners and hopefully we'll have them completed soon.''

There had been a lot of inquiries about the track so the council wanted to reopen it as soon it was safe to do so, he said.

''Obviously, from the outside, people get a bit frustrated because it doesn't look like much and there's just a bit of dust to clear, but there's quite a bit of scope to it.''

Geotechnical investigations on the Frasers Gully track, which has also been closed since July last year, had been completed but there was no plan yet, although

it was hoped the work would begin in 2019.

The track remain closed until it was completed, Mr Jones said.

tim.miller@odt.co.nz

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