The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1914. ONAWE FLAT ROAD.
Now that the Onawe Gap road is com pleted, ten years after the idea was first "mooted," the question arises whether it is worth while to build a flat road round the coast in preference to going up hill and down dale. We believe the time is not very far distant when there will be a level road from Barry's Bay right into Akaroa. Many people uphold that the Onawe flat road will never be used now that it is finished, and that residents will use the road over the bill. This is quite absurd in the case of all motor cars Once the flat road is rolled, the cars. will take that route, and never go back to the bill unless compelled to do co. Climbing hills takes much more wear and tear out of tbe car than bowing along the flat. Here on the Peninsula carß are not owned by many residents, but there is no doubt the car has come to stay, and that a few years will see their number increased enormously. The benefit of a fiat road from Akaroa to Barry*a Bay would be felt very much, and we believe that at no dis tant date tbe railway must come to Barry's Bay, and that later roads will be formed right round tbe coast. In Bobineon's Bay a flat road will be Carried a small distance round the i jp&it to the proposed new wharf, nnd '
in Garm-in Bay there n a good road to the piefc-nl wharf. We reed unt expatiate oo the beauty of the drive round the sea coast, and the -aving to those using motor* !e. a large item. The On aw;! mi.l makes a pleasant drive, nnd the cm venience of a g>od wharf to 1h woiked by a big boat at all tid s will be much appreciated by residents Tha residents at both hays have a much longer distance to walk to their wharf ; but we believe that thr-y will all share in tbe saving effected by th? Carry's Bay Factory. To the motorist and the tourist the drive round the coast should prove most enjoyable. The road needs blinding,and rolling before it is ready for motor traffic, but that work is to be put in hand at once, and the road should be open to the public very shortly. Another point to be] considered is the reduction in cost of the upkeep of a flat road, The Akaroa County Council pays a large sum now for tbe upkeep of the hilly portions of tbe Main road, and, we believe, that at some distant date they will conI sider the question whether the reduction in cost of the flat road will not pay tbe interest on the co?t of form ing the level portions of the coast. •