Fix coming for Ashhurst road
Ashhurst residents are glad the NZ Transport Agency is making a makeshift highway quieter.
Salisbury St has been one of the streets worst affected from an increase in heavy traffic since the Manawatu¯ Gorge closed in April.
More people have been heading over the Saddle Rd to get between Manawatu¯ and Hawke’s Bay and this forced traffic into usually quiet Ashhurst.
The town has been promised a bypass but it won’t be completed until the middle of next year.
Ashhurst resident George Robinson said the rumble of trucks was tolerable for the past four months, but still annoying.
Until now, the road had just been patched up after the trucks continuously damaged it, he said.
The maintenance work would not only make the road more drivable but it would hopefully help minimise the rumble of trucks, Robinson said.
‘‘The noise was a bit like an earthquake.’’
NZ Transport Agency spokesman Ross I’Anson said resurfacing roads with asphaltic concrete would reduce the noise and vibrations experienced by those living in Salisbury St and surrounding streets.
Preparation work started on September 4 and work is expected to finish on September 22.
Designs for resurfacing work in Mulgrave St were under way and work there was expected to start once Salisbury St had been resurfaced, I’Anson said.
The full cost of the roadworks was not yet known.
Salisbury St resident Roz Robinson said noise was one concern but safety was more worrying as motorists sped down the street, which backed on to a primary school.
Barriers that narrowed the street and speed cameras have already been installed as safety measures.
Robinson said the barriers had slowed people down but motorists still managed to speed.
She lived on a back section but she still noticed the influx of heavy vehicles passing by.
Having more speed barriers and making the road quieter would benefit the community while a bypass around Ashhurst was being built, Robinson said.
I’Anson said construction of the bypass could be under way by November and it was expected to be complete in six months once construction started.