Prospect Hill stairway project progressing well | PHOTOS

The construction of the new stairway up Prospect Hill is progressing well, according to the site manager.

Russell Keal from the Harrold & Kite construction company said the work crew was ahead of program.

The second lift by helicopter of new material up the hill and removal of old steps down the hill took place last week.

The chopper would return to remove more of the old stairway but for now the workers were still using part of the old structure to access the construction area up the hill.

All 178 posts had now been rammed into place by a special pneumatic machine, purchased specially for the project.

ARTIST IMPRESSION: An artist's impression of the new stairway structure being built on Prospect Hill.

ARTIST IMPRESSION: An artist's impression of the new stairway structure being built on Prospect Hill.

Workers were building a series of landings up the hill, followed by the new interconnecting series of stairs and a viewing platform at the top.

There was a surprise last week when a tiger snake that had been hiding in a pack of old material dropped from the sky as it was lifted down the hill by the chopper.

If everything continued to progress well, the project was due to be complete by the end of May or start of June, he said.

It’s a busy time on the Island for the construction company, which also built sections of the KI Wilderness Trail and is now also building the new swing bridge at the KI Sculpture Trail.

The Prospect Hill project is being funded by a $750,000 grant from the Federal Government with the State Government pitching in an additional $125,000 with the KI Council funding the balance.

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