Leigh walkways upgraded

Auckland Council hopes to re-open the Cotterell Street Esplanade walkway before the end of August.

The Omaha Cove Walkway at Leigh has reopened after being closed for kauri dieback mitigation work.

The 1.24km walkway runs from the Leigh Wharf, around the harbour to just past the Leigh Scenic Reserve.

The Department of Conservation says that the work also included creating a dry track along the route.

This was done by track formation, shaping, drainage, laying aggregate and Geoweb with a bark/aggregate mix. DoC expects the work to be finished this week.

Kauri dieback mitigation work is also being done at the Moirs Hill Walkway and Beverley Price Loop Track. Both walks are currently closed – the Moir Hill Walkway is closed due to the motorway project, but the Beverley Price Loop Track is expected to reopen by mid-July.

DoC Tāmaki Makaurau mainland operations manager Kirsty Prior says that to keep kauri safe from dieback everyone entering and leaving a track must stay on the track and use the cleaning stations to clean footwear.

Meanwhile, Auckland Council has undertaken investigations to renew the boardwalk along a section of the Cotterell Street Esplanade walkway at Leigh. The path was closed in mid-2017 because of localised erosion.

Further erosion and damage has occurred since. The path will remain closed until all works are finished and certified by an engineer. It is anticipated that the works will be finished mid-August.

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