The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

The res­i­dents of Ash­hurst are hav­ing a hard time of it and with the lat­est an­nounce­ment about the Manawatu Gorge it’s not likely to let up any time soon.

The New Zealand Trans­port Agency an­nounced on Fri­day that the Manawatu Gorge will be closed in­def­i­nitely be­cause of safety risks.

This means traf­fic will con­tinue to be di­verted through Ash­hurst to the Sad­dle Rd and un­der­stand­ably some res­i­dents are not happy.

It seems that the main road through the town to­wards the Sad­dle Rd is not built for the heavy traf­fic that it has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

Res­i­dents be­lieve the road has not been taken care of and is al­ready show­ing signs of wear and tear.

Hope­fully NZTA will make an ef­fort to keep this road well main­tained and safe as they con­sider fur­ther op­tions for re­pair­ing the gorge road so Ash­hurst doesn’t bear the brunt of the clo­sure for too long.

- Lisa Hous­ton

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