NZTA to dou­ble fund­ing

Hauraki Herald - - FRONT PAGE - TERESA RAM­SEY

NZTA will spend more than dou­ble on Coro­man­del high­ways af­ter roads were closed more than 10 times than usual due to slips and rock falls.

There have been 11 road clo­sures on Coro­man­del state high­ways so far this year, com­pared to one or two road clo­sures in pre­vi­ous years.

The New Zealand Trans­port Agency is cur­rently spend­ing $4.3m in emer­gency road works, in­clud­ing re­silience works at five sites to min­imise road clo­sures.

In ad­di­tion, $8.13 mil­lion will be spent re­pair­ing and re­seal­ing the road on State High­ways 25 and 25A over the next three years, up from $4.72 mil­lion spent over the past three years.

NZTA Waikato sys­tem man­ager Karen Boyt told a pub­lic road­ing meet­ing in Thames on Septem­ber 6 that planned main­te­nance work was more than dou­ble that done in pre­vi­ous years, and would be com­pleted by June 2018.

Boyt apol­o­gised for poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion by NZTA dur­ing mul­ti­ple slips, floods and rock falls over high­ways in the re­gion, af­fect­ing the com­mu­nity, mo­torists and busi­nesses this year.

She said NZTA was cur­rently is­su­ing weekly up­dates on work be­ing com­pleted around the Coro­man­del high­way net­work.

‘‘We are fully com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing our re­sponse in man­ag­ing high­ways in the Coro­man­del,’’ she said.

‘‘This in­cludes bet­ter man­age- ment of in­ci­dents im­prove­ments to the net­works.’’

Thames-Coro­man­del dis­trict Mayor San­dra Goudie is cur­rently hold­ing a se­ries of road­ing fo­rums around the Coro­man­del Penin­sula to keep res­i­dents up to date about work be­ing done on the high­way net­work.

The road­ing fo­rum on Septem­ber 6 was held at the Thames Civic Cen­tre, fol­low­ing a pub­lic meet­ing or­gan­ised by the Coro­man­del Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion in Coro­man­del town­ship last month to dis­cuss frus­tra­tions around on­go­ing road clo­sures.

Goudie said coun­cil would also be work­ing with the NZTA over the next few years to en­sure the high­ways were safe.

‘‘We don’t want to have it called the Coro­man­del thrill seeker scenic loop,’’ she said.

‘‘We want to call it the Coro­man­del scenic loop high­way - a safe, re­li­able jour­ney.’’

Boyt and Goudie en­cour­aged mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­port any im­me­di­ate road­ing prob­lems, Ph 0800 4 HIGH­WAYS (0800 44 44 49), and to check road con­di­tions on­line: www.nzta.govt.nz/traf­fic. and road

One of many rock falls on Coro­man­del high­ways this year.

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