Some great news yesterday that Skypath has cleared another hurdle with it passing wind tunnel testing.
The $33 million SkyPath cycling and walking attachment to the Auckland Harbour Bridge just got a step closer following wind tunnel testing not finding any significant issues with the proposed structure.
In a progress report to Auckland Council, it’s revealed the testing was completed last month and consultants for the New Zealand Transport Agency are reviewing the results.
The SkyPath project will present the findings at a Governing Body meeting on Wednesday.
Opponents to the project have used the lack of testing as one of the reasons it should not go ahead.
However, Wednesday’s meeting agenda reports the wind tunnel testing did not identify any significant concerns and that NZTA’s consultants are currently reviewing the results and advise “it has not identified any significant issues”.
One of those opposing was of course North Shore Councillor George Wood who on Thursday was trying to scaremonger by invoking the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse.
Lets hope the SKYPATH wind tunnel testing is comprehensive. Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse in 1940. Worth a look https://t.co/AdBgbFlJGw
— George Wood (@GeorgeWoodNZ) May 19, 2016
The update was part of a report to the council’s governing body next week where the council will decide whether they can enter into a public private partnership once all issues such as consent are resolved.
Next week Auckland Council’s Governing Body will decide whether the chief executive can enter into a public-private partnership to progress the SkyPath project, once all matters are resolved.
If the governing body agrees to progress SkyPath under the recommended public-private partnership option, it would be the first partnership of its kind for significant infrastructure in Auckland considered by the council.
The partnership would mean that the construction, operation and maintenance of SkyPath would be funded by the private sector for the contract period.
This approach would mean there is an admission charge for all users of SkyPath.
The council would provide a limited underwrite of the revenue, and assumption of ownership rights and obligations at the end of a contract period.
The private sector would manage the project costs, and the underwrite is a guarantee on a revenue stream that underpins the project.
The council would not be providing a return on capital for the private sector.
The great news is that if everything goes to plan, the project could be open fairly soon
Mr Woodward said if everything goes to plan, the path could be open by next summer.