Locals driven around the bend
Tirau’s Paparamu Rd has breathtaking rural views but the state it has been left in, after recent roadworks, has residents worried it will take their breaths away permanently.
Speaking on behalf of 13 residents down the road, Doug Renner said the road was narrow at its northern end and trucks and cars were steadily increasing, due in part to subdivided blocks.
A submission was made to the South Waikato District Council 12 months ago to have two blind corners widened and work was done over the last couple of months.
Renner said the council has however left exposed soil on berms and banks and heavy rain had eroded it, causing dirt to wash over the road and large ruts to form on its sides.
He said the problem areas should be tarsealed to stop erosion and to make the road wider.
‘‘We thought they were going to straighten the road and tarseal it which would make sense but they have said no this is how we are leaving it,’’ he said.
He said due to the erosion there is still nowhere for people to get out of the way when there is an oncoming vehicle.
‘‘People are going to pull of over and get stuck whereas tarseal would finish it and make it a lot safer,’’ he said.
Roading manager Gordon Naidoo said the work would not be done due to costs.
‘‘As part of the cost/ benefit analysis the council considers traffic volumes and function of the road, ‘‘he said.
‘‘Consequently the limited funding available was used to improve the safety by cutting back the bank and removing vegetation to improve visibility. This approach is used on low volume roads and it won’t be sealed.’’
He said the areas would be sprayed with plant seeds to help stop the erosion.