Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


NZTA aims for two-way traffic in Waioeka Gorge by Christmas

7 December 2012

NZTA aiming for two-way traffic through Waioeka Gorge by Christmas

Work continues at Waioeka Gorge, between Opotiki and Gisborne, to fully reinstate State Highway 2 with considerable progress being made in extending the road around the slip area.

NZTA Bay of Plenty state highways manager Brett Gliddon says the construction crews have been working hard, and up to six days a week, to get the highway open to two temporary lanes by Christmas. Work to fully reinstate the highway is expected to be completed by mid 2013.

“With Christmas and New Year holidays coming up the volume of traffic increases as people head on their summer holidays and we are working towards getting the road opened to two lanes to accommodate the higher volumes of vehicles.”

Construction activity will close down for the festive season from 22 December 2012 and will start up again on 7 January 2013. However during this period drivers planning to travel through the Waioeka Gorge are advised that a 30km/h speed restriction will be in place, and therefore they should allow for delays by leaving earlier.

Drivers planning to attend summer festivals, including the Rhythm and Vines Festival in Gisborne, should visit the www.safeteendriver.co.nz/festivalmap/ which outlines where the construction areas are and where to expect lower speed limits.

“We want everyone to reach their desired destination safely and we’re encouraging drivers to plan their journeys and check the latest highway conditions by going to www.nzta.govt.nz or call 0800 4HIGHWAYS (0800 4 4449) before setting off for their travels.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics.

Can the two surviving Maori Party MPs (one electorate, one list) credibly work together with the old firebrand who split up the group years ago, and still hope to rekindle some of that same old magic? More>>

 

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Welfare: WINZ Breaching Privacy Laws With WINZ Vetting Rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices. The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news