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Te Whāiti Road Opening Today
Friday, July 7, 2017
Well, finally the day has arrived when we can announce that Te Whāiti Road has been restored sufficiently for it to be opened to the public.
So from 5pm this evening, all access restrictions on Te Whāiti Road will be lifted and anyone will be able to drive the road at any time.
It’s been quite a journey for all involved and I’d like to acknowledge all the local communities who have been affected by the closure, and to thank you all for your tolerance, patience, understanding and very strong support as we have worked over the past 12 weeks to reopen the road for you all.
I’d also like to acknowledge and thank all the contractors who have been working continuously for the past 12 weeks to clean up and repair all the damaged sections of Te Whāiti, Minginui, Ruatāhuna and Waikaremoana Roads.
Lastly and certainly not least, I’d like to acknowledge and thank Timberlands Forest Ltd for providing access through their forest roads for the local communities over the past 12 weeks of road closure.
Further Works Ongoing
Although the road will now be opened for public access, there is still a lot of repair work required along the whole route including up to and beyond Ruatāhuna, and also on Minginui Road, and the contractors will be continuing to work in the area for a further 6-8 weeks on these remaining repairs.
Motorist on the road should still expect to encounter worksites with traffic control, and occasions when they will have to stop for a short time before being able to proceed.
There are also a number of sections of road that still need to be re-sealed, but it’s too wet and cold to do this at this time of year, so this work will have to wait till the spring or early summer when conditions for sealing improve.
Other parts of the road, whilst trafficable, are still a little soft and slushy.
Finally, whilst the road will be open and safe for public access, there are still multiple areas where caution and careful driving will be required.
Road users are reminded to at all times;
- drive to the conditions,
- ensure you are able to stop within half the road length you can see ahead of you,
- drive with your headlights on day and night,
- watch out for contractors on the road
- expect the unexpected and drive safely
WHAKATĀNE DISTRICT COUNCIL
P: 07 306 0500 Ext 7595