New, Safer Kelburn Walkway

24 August 2009

City Council contractors have turned a precarious Kelburn 'goat track' into a walkway to provide safe access for pedestrians between Norway and Plunket streets.

This popular shortcut was not paved apart from short sections at each end that provided access to private properties. "The restricted access and steep terrain meant only one small digger and a mechanical wheelbarrow could be used on site," says Council Projects Engineer Allan Moul. "All other materials had to be carried into the site making it a very labour-intensive project."

The concrete for the pathway was pumped or wheelbarrowed into place from both Norway and Plunket streets.

The length of the walkway is 130 metres and climbs 35 metres from the Norway Street end to Plunket Street. Seven flights of 14 timber steps were constructed on the steeper upper section with 13 flights of three concrete steps on the lower flatter section - a total of 137 steps.

The contract price for the construction was $243,000, however, the project was completed for $213,000 due to design changes. The walkway took three months to build.