Viaduct revival

Last updated 05:00 24/01/2014

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The Edwin Burn Viaduct has been restored and can now be used by walkers.

Last month, the Port Craig Viaduct Trust, the Department of Conservation, the Southland District Council, Tuatapere Hump Track Charitable Trust and Maori landowners from the Waitutu Incorporation vowed to saved four historic viaducts along the Southland coastline from rot and ruin.

The Edwin Burn was deemed the most critical, so was the first stage of the campaign, costing about $50,000.

Port Craig Viaduct Trust secretary Steve Canny said work finished yesterday on the Edwin Burn and went exceptionally well and came within budget. The weather had not been good but the viaduct was in a sheltered area, he said. "Work on this viaduct allowed construction workers to test a new construction methodology that will be used on the other three viaducts."

This repair would give the trust more time to fully consider the other repairs, he said.

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