'Taking good care’ has been top of mind in the CODC project to construct two major pipelines adjacent to the Otago Central Rail Trail.
Work to install the Lake Dunstan Water Supply pipeline and the Clyde Wastewater pipeline next to the Otago Central Rail Trail between Alexandra and Clyde is now complete.
Fulton Hogan contractors and CODC staff have taken extra care to do as much as possible to leave the trail and the immediate area as they found it, and to avoid disturbing trees and plants.
Working closely with DOC and local community groups, contractors and CODC staff have been able to minimise the impact of construction on the local environs. This includes working around existing trees where feasible and considering the habitats of local fauna such as lizards. Grass has been re-sown in construction areas where it previously grew.
Where practical, the fine, sandy soils and material dug to create pipeline trenches have been reused as pipes have been installed.
The Otago Central Rail Trail has been re-graded and is tidy and ready for keen riders to use over the coming months.
"This has been a very favourable programme of work - it’s gone exceptionally well, and we’ve romped through it quickly,” says CODC Project Engineer Kevin Furnival.
“The public have been extremely patient and accepting of any diversions we’ve needed to put in place. It was a good plan to complete this part of the job over the winter months,” he says.