Delay for Ulva Island jetty
Expected delays mean it could be months before work can start on a permanent fix for the Ulva Island jetty.
Council area engineer Irwin Harvey said a short-term patch-up would be used before the Southland District Council spends ''roughly'' $50,000 for the repair of just part of the structure.
The jetties subcommittee this week decided to go ahead with the option of another temporary repair and has referred the long-term fix to council group manager Ian Marshall for approval.
Mr Marshall said research was still being done into the logistics and the project could not be signed off until that was completed.
Mr Harvey said that, while the long-term plan had been recommended, two setbacks meant it could not be carried out until the end of March next year.
''We did agree that we needed to go ahead with the larger fix. However, it cannot be done straight away because supplies need to be sorted.''
The timber would take six weeks to arrive, which co-incided with the barge needed to transport the timber to the island being unavailable, he said.
The jetty, which is in two parts, would need lower-level repiling to ensure it was safe, because of deterioration in the joists, bearers and piles, he said.
But the repairs on the jetty meant the council would have to postpone the work on the Port William jetty rebuild because of a lack of funding.
However, Ulva Island had priority as it was the more significant jetty, he said.
''Ulva Island is the most important of the jetties that we look after.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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