Work on sea-battered wall starts this week

Last updated 05:00 12/11/2012

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Heavy machinery will move on to two sections of New Plymouth's coastal walkway this week to help keep it protected from the elements.

The machinery will place boulders weighing up to a tonne along the stretches in front of Belt Rd Motorcamp and the Wind Wand.

New Plymouth District Council parks manager Mark Bruhn said wave action had caused boulders to shift, altering the shape of the sea wall.

"It's a normal process within a marine environment. There is a lot of energy in the waves and they smooth out and shift the boulders," he said.

The work, which is expected to begin on Wednesday, will include injecting concrete into small cavities under the path in front of the motor camp.

The walkway will remain open during the two-week project, but the path's width will be reduced.

"We ask all users to slow down and take particular care when they pass the work areas," Mr Bruhn said.

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