Banks being bolstered
A section of the riverside Bridle Track below the Esplanade is off limits from this week.
Users will find a diversion in place for a length of track from the Hardie Street Reserve to Dittmer Dr so that Horizons Regional Council can carry out crucial erosion protection work along the Manawatu River.
Horizons’ Allan Cook says a rock lining is required to strengthen a section of bank that has been steadily eroding, with the river encroaching on the path. The vulnerability to erosion of this section of the Bridle Track was highlighted during the June floods.
‘‘This work is considered critical for three reasons; protecting the shared pathway, a high voltage powerline and a key water main,’’ Allan explains.
‘‘Signage diverting members of the public around the site is in place, and we expect the project to take approximately 10 weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will do all we can to minimise disruption of recreational activity.’’
Access to the repair site is via Centennial Dr. Laden trucks will be bringing in the rock across the Hardie Street Reserve to the north of the bridge, and stockpiling the material on the berm area below the bridge.
As this involves heavy vehicles crossing the pathway at Centennial Dr, pedestrians in the vicinity are being asked to exercise care when crossing the site access. Motorists too, need to be aware of heavy vehicles operating in the area.
The 180-metre long protective lining will require approximately 7,000 tonnes of rock.
Work is expected to be underway between 7am and 5pm Monday to Friday, and 8am and 12pm on Saturdays, to take advantage of the summer low flow period.
The bank reinforcement project is jointly funded by the Lower Manawatu Scheme, Powerco and Palmerston North City Council.
Spectators look down river from the Fitzherbert Bridge during the June floods towards the area where comprehensive riverbank protection work is taking place from this week.