Wānaka Sun       

Repairs to Fisherman’s track coming soon

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 15 Oct, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Otago Regional Council will be starting works to repair the flood damage upstream of the Albert Town Bridge in early October, weather permitting.

During the construction period, both the upper and lower tracks upstream of the bridge along the rock buttress (bank), and access to the Clutha River from 76 Alison Avenue (known as Fisherman's Track) will be closed.

It is anticipated the construction work will be completed by Christmas, by which time both tracks will reopen, with the lower track being wider and more stable.

“The repair work is essential to the structural integrity of the bank and the properties above it, so it is important to ensure the repairs are robust for future high flow events,” said ORC Manager Engineering, Michelle Mifflin.

“We're taking a do it once and do it well approach.”

ORC has appointed local firm Jolly Earthworks Limited, together with their subcontractor Paul Smith Earthmoving, as contractors to undertake this work.

They have experience with rock placement in “challenging environments” including the Timaru Wharf reclamation, Oamaru coastal protection and inriver work for KiwiRail.

These works will be commenced under emergency works provisions, to address concerns around the stability of the steep scarp slope, while the consent application process is well underway.

ORC apologises in advance for the inconvenience of this closure. The work is essential for the safety and wellbeing of the community.

When the Sun approached ORC, we received a reply from Michelle Mifflin, Manager Engineering.

 “Resource consent applications for the works have been lodged with the Otago Regional Council and Queenstown Lakes District Council. These are essential flood damage repair works, not an upgrade to the existing track.

“The works are being undertaken as emergency works because of the ongoing slipping at the steep scarp slope, which has necessitated work beginning before the consent applications have been fully processed.

“The resource consent applications are currently being processed and several affected parties have been identified. In addition to this process, every effort has been made to notify local residents of the proposed repairs through three information mail-outs and an open drop-in session.”

Read edition 996 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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