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MAIN ROADS.

Shore Road.This stretch., which has been the subject, of several letters to the press, was lightly improved by filling the pot holes with loose material. Since last week's rain a portion of this has been washed out, and the road is far from being in good order. The foot of Arney Road is a particularly bad spot, quantities of loose gravel covering the roadway after every heavy rain. It is pleasing, however, to note, that workmen are being employed in the vicinity, and it is hoped that "this time the authorities will make lasting repairs. Taupo Road.The Mangaiti deviation or. the Taupo road remains closed, and cars have to use the old road over the Mangaiti Hill. This is still in a bad state, and on at least two occasions lately th* service car, a high-powered heavy make, has been stuck there, necessitating the sending of relief cars from Putaruru. A good deal o f work was done last summer on the Tirau-Putaruru length of the road. At the Putaruru end the length from the Oraka bridge to the Putaruru post office was cut down to its permanent level, while practically all the road except about a mile of flat in the middle received a coating of shingle. This gives a- good surface now, but the mile referred to, which had been previously dressed with grave!, and in past winters had given a good surface, cat up badly under the heavy traffic during thi railway strike. Except for this length, the road is in satisfactory order right from Cambridge to Putauru. | Hamilton Town Roads.—Bad roads In the Waikaio are not confined to rural dis- j tricts only, for despite -.lie large sum. money that has been spent by the Hamilton Borough Council on road improvements the condition of many of the streets of the town is still very. bad. The Council, however, is doing its best to cope with the position, which is more than can he said of the local bodies which govern some of the roads which surround the town. There is now an excellent tarseaied road from Frankton to Hamilton, via Liverpool Street, and when the works under way in Commerce Street, Frankton, and London Street, Hamilton, are completed -the long-existing reproach concerning the condition of the main thoroughfares separating the important suburb of Frankton with the centre of the town will be removed. Waikato Roads—When a Hamilton merchant was asked on Wednesday for information concerning the condition of the roads of the Waikato he succinctly replied that they were all bad. He' added that he was seriously thinking of withdrawing his travellers from their usual work, so great was the difficulty experienced in motoring from one part of the Waikato to another. The Farmers' Auctioneering Co.. Hamilton, who employ a fleet of motor-cars for the purpose of conveying their auctioneers and clerks to sales held in all parts of the Waikato, have, in common with other business firms, been seriously inconvenienced by the deplorable state of the roads throughout the district. Discussing the matter one of the auctioneers said that Morrinsville was practically cut off from Hamilton by road. It took him seven hours to motor from Hamilton to Morrinsville via Motumaoho a few days ago: the trip is usually accomplished in a little more than an hour. There is a stretch near, the old factory at Motumaohc which is particularly bad. The auctioneers tried alternative routes via Scotsman's Valley, but after one trip did not return that way. Instead they took the long and circuitous route via Walton, which, though very bad, is still passable. The main road between Hamilton and Cambridge is closed to traffic owing to the action of the . governing authorities, the Waikato County Council and the Cambridge Road Board, in ploughing up the road preparatory to metalling just as the wet weather came on. It was .1 unique sight a few days ago to see three motor-cars stuck on a road which had long held the reputation of being one of the best in the district.. Motorists desirous of visiting Cambridge from Hamilton have now to make a detour j via Matangi. Half of tlifis road, the piece between Hinton's Gully and Matangi. is either tar-sealed or well metalled, but beyond "he Matangi factory the excessive ' traffic is causing a great deal of damage j to the surface, and several large holes oh this road present a serious menace to motorists. Another road which has become dangerous to traffic during the last few months is that which runs through the Hir.uera Valley. This road is generally used by motorists driving from Matamata to Cambridge and Hamilton. An alternative load route runs parallel with the railway via the Hinuera station. The Rangiriri Hills road is not the onlv bad portion of the main south road which has proved an insuperable barrier to motorists. That which runs from Ohinewai to the Rangiriri Hotel, on the south side of the hilts, is now impassable. Members of the Auctioneering Company's staff i who tried to get through to the Rangiriri sale on Monday got stuck and could not get their cars further. The cars were left and the remaining mile or so to their destination had to be walked. Thanks to the common sense employed by Mr. Civil, engineer to the iVaipa County Council, the road between Hamilton and Ngaraawahia has been kept in excellent condition throughout the winter months. The surface consists of sand, and it, has been found that by allotting a limited sum to maintenance during the worst months of the year, and attending to the bad spots as soon as they make their appearance, the road can be kept in first-rale order. | The Waikato County Council is now repairing the stretch between Ngaruawahia and Taupiri, although the way the work has been done leaves much to .be desired, and the road is still very rough. A pleasant surprise is met with by motorists travelling to Orini via Taupiri. This road has been metalled within recent years by the Waikato County Council, and as it does not bear the heavy traffic of a main road it is in splendid order and riding over it is most pleasurable. The enjoyment of the 'ride between Taupiri and Orini is enhanced by the superb reflections of the beautiful bush-clad hills j to the west of Taupiri to be seen in the i pretty lakes and bodies of crystal-clear water that abound in the locality. The road from Hamilton to Orini via Gordonton is very bar!, and, although it is considerably shorter than that via Taupiri, is not used by motorists if it can possibly be avoided.

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MAIN ROADS., New Zealand Herald, Volume LXI, Issue 18735, 14 June 1924, Supplement

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MAIN ROADS. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXI, Issue 18735, 14 June 1924, Supplement

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