Banks be­ing bol­stered

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/ FAIRFAX NZ

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.

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