Highway users’ views sought on resealing

An 8km stretch of state highway between Outram and Middlemarch could be resealed in one hit or in four stages, depending on what Strath-Taieri residents prefer.

The work on State Highway87 is expected to start in mid-January next year, but community views will be sought first about what approach should be taken.

One option is to seal the entire 8km between Nichols Rock Rd and Mahinerangi Rd in three days.

That would create significant delays for motorists because of the length of the roadworks site, but the impact would be restricted to five or six days, including site set-up and pack-down and sweeping the new surface.

The alternative option is for the contractor, Downer, to carry out the sealing in four lots of 10-hour work days, 2km at a time.

The impact on motorists would cover three weeks for three days at a time, but with moderate traffic delays.

The NZ Transport Agency has asked the Strath Taieri Community Board for feedback about how each option would affect the community.

The agency indicated it wanted to understand how the two approaches would affect residents and community groups and it sought advice about communicating with the community.

Coastal Otago senior network manager Chris Harris said, as far as he knew, it was the first time his team had specifically requested feedback from the community about how programmed work should be delivered.

Options were put up because the work had the potential to be disruptive, he said.

A final call would be made after feedback had been considered.

Strath Taieri Community Board chairman Barry Williams indicated his preference was to get the work done in one hit, but he was keen to hear what other people thought.



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