October, 2018One high-profile Queenstown project is poised to begin just as anothers
about to open.
The refurbishment of the old one-way bridge across Kawarau Falls
(right) is due to start early next month, and should be finished by
Although the NZ Transport Agency has yet to reveal its design for the
makeover of the 94-year-old bridge originally built as a dam in a failed
attempt to mine gold from the Kawarau River its expected to include
lighting, seating and history panels.
Since the $22 million curvy new bridge fully opened to traffic in May,
contractors have been busy working on tree removal, landscaping and
the construction of walking and cycling trails on both banks.
NZ Transport Agency senior project manager Phil Dowsett says a new
trail and underpass beneath the new bridges northern abutment is
expected to open early next month.
Planting on the southern bank between the old and new bridges started
a fortnight ago, and is expected to be finished by the end of this month,
Meanwhile, the childrens playground next to The Bathhouse on
Queenstown Bay officially opened this week after a $999,000 revamp.
To be called the Queenstown Gardens Playspace a council-speak
name unlikely to catch on with kids and their parents the area has
been jazzed-up with a nature play focus and expanded, via a bridge
over Horne Creek, to the Gardens side.
Originally scheduled for completion late last year, the project was
delayed after a lacklustre response from the construction market forced
the council to put it out for tender twice and up the budget.
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