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WAKANUI ROAD BOARD

I The monthly meeting cf the Wakanui 1 Koid Board* its held ifJ tho B jard'a 1 ffioai on Saturday, Piressnt— Messra M. Brace 1 (Oaa(rmao), and G Ooe. ; CORRESPOND BNO3. 1 A letter was rend from Mr G. W. ; Leadley Applying for timber to construct , a bridge across Leadley and Butterlck'fl . dralu. Granted In the übu»l term*. I SURVKYOBS* BBPOBT, The Surveyor* report was read as 1 follow*:— . • Dromore Road .—The contractor for reform, ing this road left the work m a very unsatisfactory and unfinished Btate. We have 1 instructed him to level it off and fill up the hollows, and he iq proceeding with the work ; and should finish next week. 1 keadley and Buttwrok's Road.— The metalling of this road has been completed in^ 1 satisfactory manner, a little extra shingling t and filling up of the road m plaoes we con,. , sidered needful, and had the came don.q at a 1 cost of £2 ss. A ford m this road requires come repairs, we will have it attended to when the day man i* m that neighborhood. Bqokley Boad,— We have called foe tenders for forming part of this road/ Tha Maintenance Man has been employed m repairing water raoes and Wakanni creek fords, patohing Stanley rood, etc, hia diary 1 lies on the table for inspection', 1 Clause 3— Aa no tsndori had been re- • calved It was decided to leave tbe work f till ajter harvest. ! The rep )it «r as adopted. I Vakamui obbek. * ' ! The Surveyor* ouoamted a report on the ooudltbn and repairs needed to ford* and bridges over the WakaDul creek ai foil <we :— The water having been shut off at the intake of tbe mill raoe from the 23rd to the ?Qth Deoember last, we took the opportunity of making a further examination of the fords and bridges on the Wakaoui stream, and also of effecting some repaifs to the fords at Lamb's and Ooohrane's. At the first-named a considerable amount of silt was removed, and the approaches, whioh were worked out hollow, repaired and filled up with shingle so as to form a better run. It was also found 1 neoessary to remove two or three bars across the ohannel m the newoutting below the ford which prevented the full effect of the work bejug utilised.. It would be advisable if the ford be retained to raise the foot bridge a foot , Tn^fllteen indhes, as m a flood it evidently causes some obstruction, but some improve* , ment might be made with regard to the flooding of thja land above thrroad, by widening^and straightening the creek, and with regard to the question of substituting a bridge m lieu of the ford at this place, this course would have to be pursued m order to effect a permanent improvement, and it would also be advisable to deepen the ohannel below the road. We are, however, of opinion that if the obstructions were removed, and a free course gi?<m to the stream above, it would be found unnecessary to make the substitution, or at nny rate to do more than to lower the lord a few inohes. At the ford on Ooobrane's road, we found that the shingl» had been soonred out and deposited towards the lower side of the road, making tbe bottom uneven. We had this remedied by lowering the bar and filling up the depression m the roadway. The other lordi, namely, on the Wakanui township road, Station road, and on the Wakanui Flat were m fair condition, Bridgei.— With the exception of the bridge on the Wakanui Flat (Corbett's), the principal timbers of the several bridges appear to be In a sound condition, as well as they v can be examined without removing . the deoking. Some repairs are required to hand rails and standards, and m one or two instances new planks are needed at the approaches. Tbe prinoipal question, however, appears. to be. as

to the capability, or rather incapability, oi being used by traction engines. The Elgin bridge is the only one of whiob. the stringers approach the dimensions theoretically needful. The bridge on. Christie's road- might, we consider, be sufficiently strengthened by trussing, and throughout we advise the substitution of 4in decking for the present 3in, if the bridges are to be used for traction engine traffic The bridge at Corbett's is ia a bad state, the decking maoh worn and shrunk, the planking of the-abutmenta, and especially the wings, partially unsound, and the upper faoe of some of the stringeis are decaying, though to what extent cannot he exactly defined without stripping the decking. It is practicable to construct a fordibutas thia road is one. on which there is considerable traffic, it may be considered preferable to reinstate the bridge. If this be done we suggest that the span be made say two feet wider, and concrete abutments substituted for timber. We Bubmit approximate estimates of re-deoking, repairing, and adapting the Elgin and Christie's road bridges, B nd reoon. struoting that at Corbett's road, as follows : —Elgin bridge, £45 ; Chriijtie'a bridge, £65 ; Corbett's bridge, £10Q. T.herß wottld be considerabla.materj.ajl m old deoking, .etc, avail, able {or e,tber piirposea, for whioh we have not given oredit m the above figures. It wi resolved to have the bridge near Oorbett's strengthened at . „ prfoe. Toe Snrveyor*- vero. Jostrnoted to sen--a aopy of the report to the proprietor «f the Canterbury Mills. The fiu veyors were Instructed to ad. vertfse and put up notices that tha bridges over the W-kanul creek are onsafo for traction engines and other heavy weights. V AOOOUMIS. ' After pwalcg at w juts %> Bo« 4 ad-

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WAKANUI ROAD BOARD, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2031, 8 January 1889

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WAKANUI ROAD BOARD Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2031, 8 January 1889

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