Harbour trail link on way

A new shared cycle/walkway linking Dunedin's west harbour shared path with the city is expected to be built by February next year.

Construction of the path linking Wickliffe St in the wharf industrial area to Forsyth Barr Stadium and Magnet St is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

It will cost up to $300,000.

Dunedin City Council transportation engineer Evan Matheson said work would usually begin within weeks of a tender being accepted.

The path will link Fryatt St and Wickliffe St with Forsyth Barr Stadium and the west harbour shared path, meaning it could be used for both commuting and recreation, but also by people parking in the wharf industrial area to walk to events at the stadium, he said.

The path was meant to be part of the project realigning State Highway 88 around the stadium, but was delayed because of difficulties in negotiations with Port Otago and lessee Z Energy for the strip of land between Wickliffe St and the parallel rail corridor.

The asphalted, fenced and lit path will go through the Z site, along the rail corridor and under the rail and road bridges, emerging on the northern side of the highway, where it links with paths across the road bridge.

Mr Matheson said the path was expected to be completed by the end of February.

debbie.porteous@odt.co.nz

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