Cost of Haven St to top $150 000

Waitaki Herald - - NEWS - By JACK MONT­GOMERIE

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.

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