Cost of Haven St to top $150 000
Council contributions to work on Moeraki’s Haven St will likely top $150,000, Waitaki District mayor Gary Kircher says.
Kircher said on Tuesday the council had put $60,000 toward fixing part of the street and $50,000 toward additional concrete piling to make the street resist slips more strongly, but it would ‘‘ultimately’’ spend more than $150,000 once extra sealing work was added to the total.
Locals gave more than $120,000 and an unknown amount of material and labour to fix part of the street after slips shut it for months. The council could not secure a New Zealand Transport Agency subsidy for the project because it could not guarantee the road, which sits on three layers of slippery clay, would last for 25 years.
The new work allowed the closed stretch of road to be widened from one to two lanes and Kircher said it made sense for the council to improve the road’s surface.
Kircher said the community’s commitment to restore the road quickly was clear, and its efforts to restore and improve the road had impressed him. ‘‘I just can’t say enough.’’ Kircher said although Moeraki’s slip- prone land presented a unique difficulty for the roading in the district, it was important to prevent storm and flood damage to other parts of the district’s roads. The council had proposed an $826,000 programme of culvert and drainage improvements on rural roads in its long-term plan.
It had also proposed widening some sealed roads at a cost of $1 million over 10 years to cope with heavier and larger vehicles.
It will make decisions on its draft long term plan on May 27 before adopting a final plan on June 25.
Moeraki’s Haven St has been the site of major repair work after slips forced its closure.