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

 


Mangorewa Gorge (SH36) closed on Wednesday


Mangorewa Gorge (SH36) closed on Wednesday

A helicopter carrying a monsoon bucket will drop upwards of 5000 litres of water on to State Highway 36 (SH36) this week to reduce the risk of slips in the area.

The section of SH36 at Mangowera Gorge- between Tauranga and Rotorua-will be closed from 9am until 4pm on Wednesday June 25 to allow contractors to use the helicopter to flush out soft soil and vegetation above a section of the road.

If the weather is too wet the work will take place on next clear day.

The closure time has been chosen to allow commuter traffic travelling between Rotorua and Tauranga to pass through during peak hours.

The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists wishing to travel during the closure to use State Highway 2 (SH2) /State Highway 33 (SH33) via Te Puke.

The section of SH36 has been down to one lane since Easter weekend following a large slip caused by heavy rain, with traffic management in place.

The Transport Agency’s Bay of Plenty highways manager Brett Gliddon said the works are preventative and will make that section of highway safer for motorists by preventing slips in the future.

Mr Gliddon said the helicopter will fill large a monsoon bucket with water, which would be dropped onto the rock bluff above the road to flush out soft soil and vegetation.

Contractors will use diggers and trucks to move the soil offsite, leaving hard rock above that section of SH36, he said.

“The Transport Agency apologises for any inconvenience but we are focused on creating safer journeys for road users,” he said.

“We appreciate motorist’s patience while these important works are completed.”

The road will be reopened to one lane after the helicopter is finished to allow contractors to clear the soil and vegetation off the highway.

Weather permitting it is expected both lanes will be fully open by the Saturday June 28.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news