Re­align­ment project will ad­dress safety con­cerns

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil has started work on the Ara­puni Rd re­align­ment project near Pear­son Rd and Dux­field Re­serve.

‘‘ Given the se­ri­ous safety con­cerns in hav­ing two 35kmh bends in close prox­im­ity, the coun­cil is pleased that ev­ery­thing is now in place to progress this project,’’ the coun­cil’s road­ing man­ager Gor­don Naidoo said. ‘‘Ba­si­cally we’re go­ing to cut across both cor­ners to straighten the road and get rid of the dan­ger­ous bends.’’

The project will take be­tween five and six months. This will al­low the fill to set­tle be­fore the road is con­structed over the top. There will be some mi­nor dis­rup­tion when traf­fic is re­duced to one lane, re­sult­ing in time de­lays.

In the new year the road will be closed com­pletely for about a week and a de­tour route set up around Pear­son Rd. This will be sign­posted.

The team be­gan pre­par­ing the site last week and a site of­fice is be­ing es­tab­lished as well as set­ting up the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­trols which are re­quired un­der the earth­works con­sent from the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.

‘‘ With the Pokai­whenua Stream be­ing so close, it is im­por­tant that we have ef­fec­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal con­trols to con­trol sed­i­ment and dust from the site,’’ Mr Naidoo said.

The project will cost about $600,000.

About 50 per cent of the project will be funded through the NZTA.

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