Walk from Waipu Cove to Langs Beach Safely

From the Bream Bay News

walkwayWork to complete the roadside footpath between Waipu Cove and Langs Beach is underway.

The first half of the path from the Waipu Cove end to the top of the hill was put in a number of years ago out of concerns for the safety of pedestrians using the road.

The Waipu Residents and Ratepayers Association has pointed out to the Whangarei District Council many times how dangerous the remaining length of road with its blind corners is, particularly during the summer holiday period when it becomes very busy.

The soon to be completed footpath will also give walkers who take the Waipu Cove to Langs coastal trail a safe means of returning to the cove to retrieve their vehicles. WDC roading engineer, Greg Monteith, said that the completion of the path to Langs has been on the Council’s agenda for some time but had been held up by budget constraints.

A small digger is at work cutting out a path to a width of 1.5 metres and gravel is being laid on the surface. Mr. Monteith said the budget for the project is $30,000. Work is expected to be completed by Easter.

17 Comments

  1. Mike Angelo on April 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    It really is a bit of a Claytons footpath. For a start there should be a footbridge next to the disgusting roadbridge at the southern end of the Cove as well as doing something about the dangerous bit of road between the roadbridge and the Cove parking area. And to do the job properly it should be concreted.

    • Rosemary Neave on April 20, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Yes Mike you are probably right, but at present something is better than nothing. I notice some people still use the road to walk on!

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