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PROGRESS OF ROAD AND RAILWAY WORKS. [er TBUMRAPH.—OWN COBRESPONDEST ] Wklmxgton, Saturday. These ia so much interest taken in the progress of works now in hand in the Awakino, Te Kuiti, and Mokau districts, north of New -Plymouth, and between Stratford and the Olmra river, at the back of Mount Kginnnt, that I sought an interview this morning with the Under-Secretary of Lands, whose department is in charge of roadmaking, and with the Undersecretary of Public Works, in regtrd to the railway extension in the district* mentioaed. These gentlemen courteously gave me the following information :-The distance between Mokau and Awakino is about 45 miles. About 15 miles of the dray road in course of construction between these points has been completed. This taps the bush and open country about Mokau, coming outatornear Totara. There are at present 44 men engaged on this work, which will be carried to Te Kuiti. Same 10} miles of this work have been completed during the present year. Pteviously a great portion of the road was a horse track, bur. this has been widened. Tho whole dietance from Stratford to Te Kuiti is about 150 miles. The line is open from Te Kuiti. Sir. Blow informs me that the railway has been completed, through the tunnel, and thab the Public Worki Department have sLartnl upon an advance section of five miles, which is estimated to cast £30,000; but on the assumption thab the ordinary road abovo mentioned ii to be used, it is continued from the end of the tunnel as far as Kavrakawa, adjoining the Waimarino Ronel. From the jnnction to Mangaroa is 25 mile;, also available for dray traffic. There ie, from this point, 44 miles through forest, over which there has been no formation as yet. From this point to Stratford, the road in almost finished, Eighty-six men are engaged on this road ; tbiit is, 81 nt the Stratford end and live at tho Ohura end, preparing timber for the bridges. Instructions have been given to proceed with the road formation at the north end also, so that the work will be continuous during the winter months at both ends. With respect to the railway, Mr. Blow informs me that although it is as yot only open to Te Kuiti, it is constructed to and through the tunnel, and that the work of constructing the new extension has already started. Trains are running from Te Kuiti as they are required. Both these gentlemen tell uie that the work is steadily progressing, and that there is no impediment, so far as they know, to its continuance during tho winter season.

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COMMUNICATION BETWEEN AUCKLAND AND TARANAKI., New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 10474, 21 June 1897

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COMMUNICATION BETWEEN AUCKLAND AND TARANAKI. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 10474, 21 June 1897