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

 


Ford repairs will keep Fiordland road open

Ford repairs will keep Fiordland road open

Repairs to a ford on the road to Doubtful Sound mean the road will no longer be closed during heavy rain.

Flooding of the Mica Burn ford culvert on Wilmot Pass Road usually closes the road for three to four days a year and last year, heavy rain damaged the culvert structure, which comprised five corrugated steel pipes with a design life of 40 years.

The culvert dates back to the 1960s when the road was built as part of the Manapouri Power Station development, providing access from West Arm to Deep Cove.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is responsible for maintaining the road as it runs through Fiordland National Park. Maintenance is funded by levies on users.

DOC Partnership Ranger in Te Anau, Wendy Newton, said the $260,000 repairs involve replacing the damaged culverts with a box design culvert made of concrete with an estimated design life of 100 years.

“The box design culvert provides for a larger capacity of water flow, lowering the risk of water overflowing the ford which sometimes results in the road being closed. The larger capacity culvert is also less likely to be blocked by debris during heavy rain,” Ms Newton said.

Real Journey’s Operations Manager Neil Collinson said the culvert repairs should make this section of road more accessible for tourism operators and other visitors as the road will now be open all year round.

During construction work on the ford, the road has been closed for short periods but temporary access has been provided for bus passengers. The contractors, Downer New Zealand Limited, are hoping to complete the work as soon as possible.

–Ends–

Background information

About 70,000 visitors a year travel on the 21km Wilmot Pass Road to visit Doubtful Sound including tourists, recreational users, school groups, commercial fishermen and Meridian Energy staff. The road provides the only vehicle access to Doubtful Sound.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

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.

“Despite an explicit assurance from Minister Smith that the new water standards would provide for human and ecosystem health, he has failed to deliver on either of these things,” says Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague. 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:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:


Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news