Major roadworks on a section of State Highway 1 at Pine
Hill, estimated to cost about $600,000, will begin on Monday.
New Zealand Transport Agency Otago-Southland state highway
manager Ian Duncan said the work was expected to take
contractors at least two months.
It involved drilling and inserting drain pipes into the bank
along 200m of Pine Hill Rd, north of the George St
''Most of the work will be undertaken between 7am and 7pm,
Monday to Saturday. The whole job, including landscaping, is
scheduled for completion by late May,'' he said.
The drainage infrastructure would strengthen the road and
reduce the risk of further land movement. About $600,000 had
been budgeted for the work, Mr Duncan said.
''This area does have a history of land movement, but our
expectation is that these pipes will remove enough water to
reduce any major risk of land movement that may have an
impact on the stability of the road.''
During construction, the north-bound section of SH1 will be
reduced to one lane, with no access to Bank St for
right-turning traffic off Pine Hill Rd.
Vehicle access to properties will be maintained, but some
alternative routes might be required, Mr Duncan said.
When contractors were on site, access to Bank St will be via
the Opoho Rd end only.
At the end of each day, contractors will reinstate both
uphill lanes of the highway.