Seawall work will pause for Christ­mas

Napier Courier - - News -

The Clifton sea wall con­struc­tion is nearly com­plete, but work will be paused over Christ­mas.

Con­struc­tion on the new 400m lime­stone wall be­gan in Septem­ber this year, to safe­guard pub­lic ac­cess to the Clifton boat ramp, camp­ing ground and gate­way to Cape Kid­nap­pers. The wall ex­tends from the camp­ground to Clifton Cafe´ , and has a con­sent for 35 years.

Con­struc­tion stops on De­cem­ber 21 un­til Jan­uary 14 to take the heavy ve­hi­cles off the road over the pe­riod.

Be­fore De­cem­ber 21 a layer of chip metal will be ap­plied to the sur­face of the ac­cess road to the No.1 camp to help sup­press dust.

Ac­cess road sta­bil­is­ing and seal­ing is ex­pected to start late Jan­uary/early Fe­bru­ary, and es­ti­mated to take three to five days to com­plete.

The con­crete trac­tor ramp was poured last week and is now op­er­a­tional.

Clifton Marine Club pres­i­dent Paul Hurst­house said the project to in­stall the revet­ment had gone very smoothly, and he thanked the contractors for the great job they had done to date.

“We’re very grate­ful that the coun­cil lis­tened to us and oth­ers in the com­mu­nity. The con­struc­tion is aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing and more im­por­tantly this now as­sures ac­cess to the marine club and camp­ing ground.”

Coun­cil­lor Rod Heaps said work was pro­gress­ing well and thanked peo­ple for their pa­tience while wait­ing for the work to be com­plete.

“It’s been a great ef­fort from all con­cerned from the project man­agers to the contractors and through the process the coun­cil has es­tab­lished a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the Clifton Marine Club and Clifton Marine Re­serve So­ci­ety.”

Coun­cil­lor Ann Red­stone said she was ex­cited to see the project in its fi­nal stages of com­ple­tion.

“The contractors have done a great job on the rock revet­ment wall which is an im­por­tant as­set to the re­gion. It will pro­tect the ac­cess road to one of our most vis­ited tourist at­trac­tions for many years to come.”

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