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

 


NZTA reports good progress restoring West Coast highway link

NZTA reports good progress restoring West Coast highway link
 
The NZ Transport Agency says it plans to start re-building the section of State Highway 6 washed away by flood waters near Harihari on the West Coast later today (Saturday, 5 January) or tomorrow at the latest.
 
“We’re making good progress with our two-pronged attack to divert the Wanganui River back to its original course,  and remain on track to have the highway reopened next Tuesday if the weather stays good,”  says the NZTA’s Senior Asset Manager for the West Coast, Mark Pinner. 
 
Flood waters that spilled over from the river last Wednesday (2 January) swept away a 40 metre-long section of SH6 at the northern approach to the bridge.
 
“Working conditions aren’t great - river levels are still a bit high and the water’s pretty dirty – but our contractors say things are going well to get the water away from the washout and flowing under the centre of the bridge again.  Heavy machinery is cutting a channel to divert flood waters, and further upstream we’re using heavy boulders along the bank to push the river back
 
“We’re confident that we can start re-building the highway later today – that will be a real bonus for the Coast community - but certainly that work will be underway tomorrow,” Mr Pinner says.  
 
Mr Pinner says engineers also hope to make a detailed inspection of the bridge later today, but he says the NZTA is confident that the piles driven deeply into the riverbed have withstood pressure from the flood waters.
 
“We aiming to have the highway re-opened by midday next Tuesday – that’s our priority for all those people and Coast communities affected by storm.  The good news is, we’re on target,” Mr Pinner says.
 
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news