Thank you for the high number and broad range of comments on the short listed options. Our team has had time to analyse your feedback and we appreciate the thought and care that has gone into your submissions.
Some key themes have emerged. These include: gradient/steepness; impact on local facilities and schools; travel time and time to construct. Many submissions touched on the impacts any new road will have on the communities on Woodville and Ashhurst, in particular.
You commented on local connectivity, including additional bridging, and provided valuable information about local ground and weather conditions. Many pointed to the risk of slips in certain areas – with one of our key focus areas being resilience, this will be a major consideration as we assess the short listed options.
We will confirm a preferred approach for the Manawatū Gorge alternative route by mid-December.
You can find more information about the project on our website at www.nzta.govt.nz/manawatu-gorge.