Path buckles under hot sun

This section of the Orewa Estuary walkway buckled before Christmas and is awaiting quotes for repair.

Orewa residents are concerned at the time it is taking to fully repair a damaged section of the Te Ara Tahuna (Orewa Estuary) walk and cycleway.

Part of the path near Edgewater Grove buckled just before Christmas, and three weeks later Auckland Council contractors made a temporary repair using asphalt.

Resident Noel Gallop, who attempted to improve the damage himself when it first happened, as well as identifying the hazard using spray paint, says that the Council’s temporary repair created “a ski ramp”.

“It is now a month since the repair was done and it’s totally inadequate,” he says. “The hot mix that was put into the hole sinks during the day and in our view it remains unsafe, especially for with anyone with lower ground clearance such as mobility scooters or wheelchairs.”

Council’s acting head of operational management and maintenance, Simon Randall, says that Council believes the path buckled because of summer heat.

He says staff are waiting for quotes from a contractor regarding replacement of that section of the footpath and will be progressing with that work once the quotes are in.

“Unfortunately there has been a slight delay with a more permanent repair as the job was originally incorrectly logged as coming from Edgewater Drive in Manukau, instead of Edgewater Grove, Orewa,” he says.

Noel says he’s discovered the importance of getting a job number when ringing Council with an issue, and also says that mentioning health and safety up front can speed things up.


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