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July roading update

17 Jul 2019

July roading update

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This winter significant progress has been made on flood repairs and land stabilisation in rural areas, along with several Provincial Growth Fund projects in Tairawhiti.

Work is currently underway to secure the land above and below McIlroys Road in Waipiro Bay, as part of our emergency works programme. The unstable land posed a considerable risk to the road and surrounding houses and is also a freedom camping area.

The total cost of the project is $971,000, funded by the National Land Transport Fund. The work will be complete by the end of August.

Work is also well underway on renewing rural culverts that get bruised and battered with every weather event.

Contractors have assessed hundreds of culverts on our network which either need replacing or repairing. The Provincial Growth Fund has allocated over $1.1 million to improving drainage and culverts, supercharging Council’s ability to make these repairs as soon as possible.

To date the PGF has invested close to $12 million in our local road network. Three main projects make up the majority of this spend: the Rakaiatane Road upgrade, the inner city road upgrade project and the heavy metal programme on our rural roads.

Of the $137 million allocated by the Provincial Growth Fund to Tairāwhiti roading, close to $40 million is earmarked for our local roads. The remaining amount is managed by NZTA for state highways.