Tasman Leader : August 1st 2013
13 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 1, 2013 NEWS YOU WOULDN'T BUY A CAR WITHOUT COMPARING PRICES Make sure you compare FINANCE OPTIONS too CONTACT SCOTT DAYMAN: 539 0809 www.nelsonbaysfinance.co.nz CALL NOW FOR A FREE QUOTE AND GET YOUR PRE-APPROVED LICENCE TO SHOP 5446729AB Weather hits road work at Birds Hill slip By CHARLOTTE SQUIRE Big job: The slip on Birds Hill on State Highway 60 between Takaka and Collingwood in mid-December, 2011. Photo: PATRICK ROSE 'Ready for summer' Those waiting for Birds Hill on State Highway 60 in Golden Bay to return to two lanes, after heavy rains caused landslides to block the road off for some time in December 2011, must wait just a little longer. But the road will be back to two lanes by summer. Due to wet, cold weather the NZ Transport Agency has stopped construction for the next couple of months. Regional Performance Manager Mark Owen says the delay will not affect this section of SH60 being ready for summer. Work will begin again in October, when the weather will be more favour- able and reliable''. Mark says that though it is important to get both lanes open again as soon as possible, it is equally important to build a safer road specially designed to with- stand bad weather. After its dramatic collapse in the December 2011 storms, the Transport Agency did a huge amount of work to ensure a per- manent, long-term fix for this vul- nerable hillside,'' he says. We must make sure that this stretch of SH60 is structurally sound and can stand up to future subsidence. We're also taking this chance to make this stretch of the state highway safer for everyone who uses it. By purchasing some of the land next to the road, we'll be able to straighten it out and make the shoulders much wider. This is especially important for cyclists, who will have much more road space to ride on.'' Work at Birds Hill includes the construction of a reinforced soil slope and drainage upgrades to protect the hillside from slips. The Transport Agency will also install guardrails. Mark says the Transport Agency is grateful for support for the project by the Golden Bay community, Tasman District Council and the local land-owner. We know that everyone who uses this transport lifeline in and out of Golden Bay is keen for us to fix it permanently -- and we're equally keen to get it done. On behalf of the Transport Agency, I would like to thank local residents and all motorists on this road for their patience and under- standing while we do this import- ant work.'' SH60 at Birds Hill will remain single lane until construction is finished.
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