Slip clearance and repair work on the Kakariki Road footpath
Kakariki Road is a public footpath in Seatoun that provides access from Marine Parade at Worser Bay up the hill to Khyber Road. The footpath has been closed since August 2011 by a large slip.
Wellington City Council sought geotechnical advice on the overall stability of the hillside and is now going ahead with work to repair the path and reduce the risk of further slips.
The Council is planning to spend $410,000 to complete this project.
The Kakariki footpath repair work includes:
- clearing the slip, starting at the top
- assessing the stability of the area, whether parts of it need to be retained and options for how this may be done
- reshaping the footpath to control surface water run-off.
This project started on 18 June 2012 and will be done in several phases. The overall timeframe will depend on the complexity of the work required, which could take up to 15 months.
The slip clearance itself will take several weeks. Once the slip is cleared, the assessment phase could take several months, before any construction work is started. Engineers won't know how much retaining, if any, may be required until the slipped area has been cleared.
Earth and rock are being stockpiled at the Khyber Road lookout area at the top of the path, before being removed by truck. Part of the lookout will be closed to the public for up to a month while this is carried out.
From August, any retaining work and repairs to the damaged sections of the footpath will be carried out.
The Council will regularly inspect the path to make sure that these new systems continue to work as they should.