Suggestions on how to deal with the effects of erosion on one
of Waitaki's most scenic coastal roads will be thrown open to
public consultation next month.
Waitaki District Council roading manager Michael Voss said as
part of the council's draft annual plan consultations, a
draft coastal roads strategy setting out proposals for future
management of the coastal route from Oamaru to Waianakarua
would also be made available for public feedback.
The council was forced to close a 200m section of the
southbound lane on Waianakarua Rd when a 60m section of the
road shoulder slipped into the sea in December.
However, Mr Voss said a strategy had to be in place before
any decision on the road's long-term future could be made.
''Funding from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is a
major issue, as current levels are insufficient for the
extent of work required to keep the coastal roads open
''Without a strategy in place for the management of the
coastal roads affected by coastal erosion, the NZTA is
unlikely to commit funds to protection works or road
He said the original consultation on the draft strategy took
place in 2010 but as a result of public feedback, was not
The council decided to instead explore further options with
the community, he said.
''The amended 2012 draft strategy considers the submissions
received in 2010 and reflects the changes that have occurred
since then. These changes include increased isolated erosion
on Waianakarua Road, which has impacted on the safety of the
route and raised concerns for the future, and the pending
replacement of the Bowalley Rd Bridge.''
The 2012 Draft Coastal Roads Strategy would be made available
to the public when consultation on the Draft Annual Plan
2013-14 opened on Friday, March 15, he said.