Makeover planned for stripped median strip

Hjame Poulsen.
Hjame Poulsen.
One of Dunedin's dowdiest arterial routes is about to get a make-over, but it is going to look a lot worse before it gets better.

Stuart St's median strip was left looking barren in June last year after a vehicle was driven along it in an act of vandalism, destroying about $10,000 worth of newly planted toothed lancewood and native tussock.

At the time, Dunedin City Council staff were livid over the damage, but now plans are afoot to beautify the area again.

DCC transport engineering and road safety team leader Hjarne Poulsen said the upgrade would involve building a new median kerb and planting hardy flora.

He said the work could have been done earlier, but council had decided to wait until Aurora Energy had finished upgrading the power cable along Stuart St.

The $5.6million project began earlier this month and will see the existing 59-year-old gas-insulated cables replaced with 3km of new high-voltage cables to take electricity from the Halfway Bush substation to the Smith St substation in central Dunedin, via Taieri Rd and Stuart St.

The Stuart St beautification work is expected to begin in January next year.

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