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Good weather means road rebuilds are on schedule

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Good weather means road rebuilds are on schedule

Good weather has meant that Gisborne District Council’s programme of road repairs is in full swing. Road reconstruction in Ormond Road, Fox Street, and Turanga Street is on schedule and will be completed by Christmas.

Ormond Road from the Wi Pere Street roundabout to Montessori Pre-School is being completely rebuilt. This is part of a Council’s long-term plan to reconstruct heavily used roads that are nearing the end of their useful life, says land transport manager Dave Hadfield.

“Last year the section of Ormond Road from Mangapapa Road was reconstructed but the work did not carry on past Foster and Tyler. Excavations found that the 100 year old wastewater pipes under the road had a lot of problems and needed to be completely replaced. The pipes were replaced last summer and the road temporarily reinstated. However, now the pipes have been replaced, we can confidently reconstruct the road and it should last at least 20 years.”

The rebuild of Childers Road from Cobden to Grey Street will be the major roading project for January. Reconstruction involves milling out and removing old road layers. Layers of better quality base course, cement to stabilise and finally asphalt are used to create a longer lasting road that can handle heavier traffic. Kerb and channelling are replaced to allow room for on road parking and a cycle lane. Road users will have noticed the relocation of water hydrants as part of this process.

Rebuilds of Nelson Road and Stafford Street are planned in late March 2014.

In addition to road rebuilds more than 50 roads throughout the district are scheduled to be resealed this summer.

Council thanks all road users for their patience and cooperation.


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