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 Last Night’s Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ.

Cunliffe marshalled his points better, kept Key off balance and – more often than not – was in control of the general tenor of the contest. Labour supporters would have been heartened, and given some belated reassurance that maybe the change of leadership last year had been the right decision. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

ALSO:

Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

ALSO:

From The Scoop Video Archive: PM Says SIS "Told Me" About OIA Release

In a press conference immediately following an controversial OIA release of notes on an SIS briefing to then Labour leader Phil Goff, Key said "at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ...". Since the release of Nicky Hager's 'Dirty Politics' Key has denied being personally informed and said references by officials to 'the PM' being told briefed referred to his office. He now says the same about his own statement. More>>

ALSO:

  • Scoop Video in the news - New questions over Key claims | NZ Herald News - Stuff.co.nz
  • Earlier - Felix Marwick: Laying out facts over SIS documents - Newstalk ZB
  • Labour - Director’s letter contradicts Key’s claims
  • ACT - The Letter - 26 days to go
  • TV3 Video - Housing issue nudges Dirty Politics aside - David Cunliffe: Key's SIS explanation 'defies belief' - SIS leak came from Key's Office - Goff - Key 'categorically denies' Slater OIA discussion - Video: Key faces more Dirty Politics questions

  • TVNZ - Winston Peters: ‘Dirty Politics' is a new low
  • The Nation - Debate Between Grant Robertson And Russel Norman
  • NZ First - “The Words Mean What I Say They Mean”
  • Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news