From the Otago Regional Council:
After more than 10 years of working on the Leith Flood Protection Scheme, I am pleased to let you know that we are coming to the end of the final stage of the river works at Dundas St.
We have been able to complete works to a point where we can open a walkway across the bridge to allow pedestrians through. Pedestrian access will be available to you from Friday 11 October, however, there will be periodic shutdowns during work hours to safely facilitate some of the works. Notice of these shutdowns will be available at the bridge crossing and on ORC’s Facebook page as soon as they become known.
Works are continuing and vehicle access to the bridge is scheduled for mid-November. We need to ensure all relevant safety checks are completed to ensure the bridge is returned to full load-bearing capacity.
Works will continue upstream of the bridge after it is opened until completion in December, however, this will not affect pedestrians or vehicles.
The Leith Flood Protection Scheme at the Dundas St bridge is the final stage prior to completion. Spanning over a decade, the project has involved a series of engineering modifications along the length of the Leith, planned to control floodwaters and help reduce the likelihood of it overflowing and flooding Dunedin city.
For more information about the history of this project go to www.orc.govt.nz/leithfloodprotectionscheme