Good progress made on area's damaged roads

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Contractors are making the most of the summer weather and are making good progress with repairs to a number of rural roads in Whanganui damaged in last June's severe weather event.

But Whanganui District Council is urging road users to take care, especially on the Whanganui River Rd and Papaiti Rd where crews are working at a number of sites.

A council spokesman said there were currently 17 heavy machinery crews clearing slips and reforming roadside drainage around the roading network. They are also working stabilising parts of some roads, metalling and carrying out sealing repairs.

"Motorists are urged to consider safety of the crews and themselves when travelling through work zones," he said.

Heavy machinery crews were also working on the Kauarapaoa Rd, Junction Rd, Owhakura Rd, Rangitatau East Rd, Siceley Rd, Watershed Rd and Mangahowhai Rd.

While none of the roads are closed, traffic is restricted on some.

Care was needed on Kauarapaoa Rd because of slippery surface conditions and Burrell Rd remained closed to heavy traffic with trailers.

Meanwhile, council engineers have outlined a timeline for completion of the extensive repair job on the River Rd.

They say the section of road, from Matahiwi to Ranana and from Koriniti to Matahiwi, should be finished by the middle of next month.

The Ranana to Jerusalem section is scheduled to be completed by the end of March and the Jerusalem to the Ruapehu District boundary section at the end of May.

They estimate the road from the junction with SH4 to Atene, will be done by the end of June.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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