'Two cars slip' repair tender to be advertised soon, council says

The Dunedin City Council has sent a letter to some residents of the Otago Peninsula updating them on the repairs of slips affecting roads in the area.

The letter said the tender to repair "two cars slip'' on Highcliff Rd would be advertised this month and residents would be informed of a work programme and timeframe for its completion once the tender was let.

"The current access arrangement will remain in place at least until construction begins,'' the letter said.

"Once work is under way, we expect there will be some times when residents' access will be limited. We will work with the contractor to keep these to a minimum and we will keep you informed.''

The slip site would remain open and controlled by temporary traffic lights in the interim.

The three other slips affecting the peninsula, two near Sandymount Rd and one on Hatchery Rd, were also addressed in the letter.

"Since the slips occurred, there have been no significant changes on site and we do not expect there to be any issues before repairs are completed,'' the letter said.

Designs for the repairs were completed and tender documents were being finalised.

It was expected the tender would be let by early May.

The slips were among the dozens which affected Dunedin roads following last June's deluge in which about 175mm of rain fell in 24 hours on June 3 and 4, cutting off residents from the peninsula.

Highcliff Rd from Camp Rd to Seal Point Rd had remained closed after the downpour until last month.

The final cost of road repairs following the deluge was estimated at $1.5million.

The NZ Transport Agency would pay for 58% of the work with a planning and investment subsidy and the remainder of the bill would be covered by the council.

The June downpour flooded low-lying suburbs of Dunedin, cut off some residents and caused more than $30million of damage throughout the city.

timothy.brown@odt.co.nz

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