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Weekly update No. 18 Manawatū Gorge closure

This weekly update, 17 November 2017, is produced by the NZ Transport Agency to provide the latest information about the impact of the Manawatū Gorge closure and the development of an alternative transport corridor linking Manawatū, Tararua District, Hawke’s Bay and northern Wairarapa.

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We’re keen to hear your feedback and answer any questions you may have.  Drop us a line at manawatugorge@nzta.govt.nz and we will get back to you within 3 working days.

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The entry to Te Apiti at the Ashhurst end

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Visiting Te Apiti

The project team continues to work hard on the assessment of the short listed options for the SH3 alternative route. There is no substantive update on the work this week so we would like to share this message which we received from our colleagues at the Department of Conservation.

“Although SH3 through the Manawatū Gorge is closed, Te Apiti – Manawatū Gorge is still one of the best places in the region to visit. Recreational activities include several bush walks with a range of options from a 1km stroller friendly loop to the full 11km traverse, a mountain bike trail, plus freedom camping, fishing, swimming and a designated BBQ area at Ferry Reserve.

During your visit keep an eye out for native species such as ruru (morepork), korimako (bellbird), kereru (New Zealand pigeon), miromiro (tomtit) and kārearea (New Zealand falcon). The Big Slip Lookout Track and Lookout area are closed for safety reasons. All other walking tracks in the Manawatū Gorge are open and can be accessed from either the Ashhurst or Woodville ends. To find out more, visit www.teapiti.com.”

Meanwhile, our assessment of the four short listed options for the SH3 alternative route is progressing well. 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.

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Management of alternative routes

The Saddle Road Upgrade Project is progressing well with activities focussed near the summit. Work at this location will continue under stop/go traffic management over the coming weeks. These works will at times run into the night so drivers using this route may experience some delays during the day and night.

Maintenance work on the Saddle Road has also progressed well this week, with a number of successful repairs carried out and the road marking reinstated. No further major maintenance is planned for the next few weeks on the Saddle Road but contractors working on the Pahīatua Track will be laying hot mix in several places.  These works will be carried out under stop/go traffic management.  Please check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/nztacni/ for the latest news and updates on the works.

We will continue to monitor the condition of both these routes and respond quickly to any issues as they arise.

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Work in Ashhurst

We continue to carry out testing and inspections on Mulgrave Street between Cambridge Avenue and Hillcrest Crescent to determine a programme of works. Speed cushions for the side streets between Salisbury Street and Cambridge Avenue will be installed before Christmas.

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Update on temporary bypass of Ashhurst & Woodville realignment

We continue to investigate the feasibility of options for the temporary bypass of Ashhurst. This work includes various tests to determine the suitability of possible options. We also continue to investigate the realignment options for Woodville. We will provide you with information as soon as there are new developments.

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For more information on the SH3 Manawatū Gorge 2017 closure, contact us at manawatugorge@nzta.govt.nz

Visit our website www.nzta.govt.nz/manawatu-gorge

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