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A NEGLECTED HIGHWAY. Ocb Northern Wairoa-- comspoDtlW* ■writes :—On© of the i?Kwfc important art*rial roads in the provincial district of Auckland i? that connecting and Whangarei, a distance of 42 'M a stock route its importance caiwiot be over-estimated, and annually many large droves are taken along to the main centres mentioned, and to the scores of pastoral localities which have their outlet® to it. Daring the pert, five yeans this highway has carried heavy traffic, particularly ~ on that section r between Tangiteroria and Whangarei. -'Mail coaches - run between the two places three times a weekly and at this seanon jof the year light vehicles and motor-cars frequently traverse the distance. Unfortunately, in winter it. becomes almost impassable, ' much to the disadvantage of trade, and the hindrance to increased settlement. The Whangsrei and Hobson Counties have repeatedly submitted to th& Minister for . Public Works their claims for a satisfactory road grant. But year after year passes "without the Whaki Valley being; decentlv improved, and there is every sign that during the coming winter any suggestion of travelling its distance will engender mghtmare. Throughout the; North it is Well understood that the droving of stock plays havoc with highways indeed, during the winter the quagmiry state of the rood* speaks eloquently of the growth of the pastoral industry, but a centre layer ,of metal for horses and vehicles is a necessary adjunct to commerce. The Hobson County Council has done good "work on its road length from Dargaville to Tta»hua Creek, and it now remanns for the Whangarei Council, in the interests o« progress, .to make always passable the bad stretch within its confines. On the wool® route there is no infer land the oountry is wholly settled, and it fully deseryw i to* bo permanently, improved. Last K*&noa a vote of £1500 was granted to the Hobson County for that portion of the road und« l r its jurisdiction, contingent on that - body also expending £200 from its iuimUl This the council was willing to do, but the Public Works Department haaiiwjr notified that the council must spend £1500 before * a subsidv similar to that amount • will be paid. Iri the present condition of its'finances the • council cannot lay oat such a large amount, and the Kaapank Chamber ' of Commerce and the Hereon County Council ' are ' laying the position before the Minister for Public Works, Aa the road is a main arterial one, over which traffic constantly passes, its present condition is inimical to progress, unduly affects commerce in Whangarei, Dargaville, and a score of minor places, and its betterment should be insisted upon by Auckland merchants who, unknowingly, are also sufferers by its impassability during winter.

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NORTH AUCKLAND ROADS., New Zealand Herald, Volume L, Issue 15240, 1 March 1913

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NORTH AUCKLAND ROADS. New Zealand Herald, Volume L, Issue 15240, 1 March 1913