Lo­cals driven around the bend

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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