Platform will allow views of river

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 12:00 14/12/2012
River platform
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RIVER SIDE: Horizons Regional Council staff show councillors the plans for a pier encouraging Esplanade visitors to take a closer look at the Manawatu River.

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A new viewing platform to be built on a concrete slab just downstream from the Fitzherbert Bridge will be the site for a celebration in April to mark Palmerston North's readiness to withstand a 500-year flood.

Horizons and city councillors yesterday took a guided tour of works along the Manawatu River designed to both protect the city from a one-in-500-year flood and to enhance access to the river.

Project engineer Derek McKee said about 8.8 kilometres of stopbanks had been raised in the $14.4 million City Reach project.

The remaining section to be brought up to the required level is a 980-metre stretch from Dittmer Dr, along 23 private properties at Buick Cres and to Panieri Park.

The work is on schedule to be completed this summer, and the flood protection parts of City Reach will be finished.

At the same time, the city council has extended the limestone riverside pathway along Dittmer Dr, and is clearing the link to join a section that leads out to Maxwells Line.

The viewing platform at the back of the Victoria Esplanade is being built to encourage more people, including those with disabilities, to be able to get closer to the river. A key feature will be a new post recording the levels of past floods.

The remaining parts of the eight-year City Reach project include the realignment of the Manawatu River at the Anzac Cliffs, which has been put off until next summer, with preparations beginning in August. That work is designed to stop the erosion of the cliffs.

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