Seawall work after summer

Work to remove a damaged seawall ramp and stairs at the Esplanade at St Clair and construction of replacement beach access will not take place before the summer.

Dunedin city council transportation policy engineer Pieter Besuijen said staff had decided it would make more sense to dismantle the stairs and ramp at the same time as work on installing new access was done.

The stairs and ramp were closed permanently in September last year, after being repaired multiple times following damage from high seas.

The intention had been to remove the damaged stairs and ramp before summer, but it was decided it would be cheaper to do all the work together, as part of one contract, Mr Besuijen said.

The council did not want to do the work over the summer when the area was busy, as it would require the use of a crane and other heavy machinery.

The design and exact location of the new access was not yet decided, as the council was waiting on information from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. However, it was expected the work would begin after summer and would be done before July next year.

The council reached a confidential agreement with engineering firm CPG in August, after the firm, which merged with the firm that designed the stairs and ramp, did not initially accept liability for their continued failing.

The council has budgeted $130,000 for the work this financial year.


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