SHORT AND SHARP
Icy road tech trial
A month-long trial of a New Zealand designed road marker that has the potential to keep drivers safe, by alerting them to road conditions where ice is likely to form, starts in the next fortnight at five selected sites around Central Otago. The markers are fixed to the centre line of the road and display a flashing blue light when the ground temperature drops, warning traffic of a potential ice hazard. The markers will be installed around Earnscleugh Rd (Aronui Rd Intersection area), Earnscleugh Rd (Clyde Bridge approach), Springvale Rd / Dunstan Rd (Intersection area), Little Valley Rd (From Graveyard Gully to the road/ rail bridge) and Bannockburn Rd (Cromwell side of Pearson Rd to the Bannockburn Bridge).
New event for winter
A new 40km mountainbike race through Central Otago’s Quest Farm vineyards will be held next Saturday. The ride can be completed as a solo or team event in a 10 kilometre loop track, and there are special 1.5km childrens’ mountainbike and run adventure courses. Coffee, hot food, a DJ, wine tasting and prizes will also be on offer. See facebook.com/ midwinterquestfor further details.
Nominations for the Vincent Community Board by-election closed at midday today. Two candidates are standing: Sheree Williams and Brian Fitzgerald.