Fergburger footpath work delayed

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A Queenstown burger joint’s controversial $100,000 pavement project has been put on the back burner until Easter.

Fergburger made a to Queenstown’s council to gain approval to widen the footpath outside its Shotover Street premises.

Three carparks are being replaced by pavement to ease pedestrian congestion, caused by people queuing for its world famous burgers.

Work was due to be completed by council contractors before Christmas but council chief engineer Ulrich Glasner confirmed it’s been deferred until April.

“No contractors were available to get the work done before Christmas,” Glasner says. “Also, the pavers needed could not be supplied in time.

“For those reasons, Fergburger and the council have agreed the work will begin after Easter.”

The footpath will be widened and divided into two lanes separated by seating.

Congestion on the Shotover St footpath’s likely to get worse before it gets better.

Satellite ice cream parlour Mrs Ferg is expected to open soon, two doors down.

Fergburger’s Steve Bradley says: “We’re working hard [for the parlour] to be open for the key period.

“I’ll leave comment to council [on the footpath] because it’s their asset and project.

“But everyone’s realistic about doing work in this town – there’s always delays unfortunately.”

Last month, Fergburger was because of a fire – which could have been worse had it not been for its .

Only days earlier, the burger-making sensation at the local business awards.

paul.taylor@scene.co.nz