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

 


Lake Road upgrade nearing completion

News Release
Tuesday 9 April 2013


Lake Road upgrade nearing completion

ROTORUA 09.04.13: Despite unearthing a number of ‘hot spots’ during construction work, upgrading of Lake Road is expected to be completed close to the original timeframe and within budget.

The $14m Rotorua District Council (RDC) project widening Lake Road to four lanes to improve safety and reduce congestion is expected to be complete next month [May].

RDC works manager Peter Dine said the 18 month project is proceeding according to plan in terms of both timing and cost. He said Lake Road would be a safer, less congested and more attractive route into Rotorua when completed.

“The long spell of dry weather over the past few months has ensured that weather conditions haven’t interfered with work progress.

“A number of ‘hot spots’ - hot gas and steam vents - have been uncovered along the way. But fortunately this type of geothermal activity isn’t uncommon in Rotorua and we’re pretty adept at backfilling and venting them effectively.

“Current works on Karenga Park’s new Koutu Youth Space nearby have required large amounts of soil to help raise the previously sodden surface. So it’s been very handy being able to transfer surplus fill from Lake Road to the park, and proved to be a win-win situation.”

Mr Dine said the council had received a relatively low number of complaints from the public given the nature of the job, and drivers have been very cooperative and have been demonstrating courteous behaviour.

“It’s a large project so unfortunately some delays and inconvenience is inevitable, however the travelling public have been pretty understanding and I’m sure the substantially improved road will be worth their wait.

“We’ve had two minor crashes on Lake Road since works began but in the past there were numerous crashes along this stretch - at least every couple of weeks - so this shows people have been slowing down to accommodate the work underway.”

Mr Dine said some utilities costs were higher than originally projected due to additional work required however the job was still running within overall budget.

“Once works are complete it will mean a vast improvement. Traffic will flow more freely, access will be much better for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, and it will provide a fresher, tidier impression of Rotorua for people coming into the city via this entryway.

“There has already been significant private investment in property along this road, even before work has been finished, and Council expects more investment on completion.”

The final phase of the project now underway is pavement construction and road sealing between the new Lake Road roundabout and Koutu Corner.

[ENDS]

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week...

Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

 

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

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. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news