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COMPLETION OF METALLING. FINE HIGHWAY PROVIDED. MOKAU BRIDGE ERECTION. fBX TJCI.KGP.Af lI.—OWN CORRESPONDENT.] NEW PLYMOUTH. Wednesday. The last load of metal on the AwakinoMokau section of the main north road connecting Taranaki with Auckland was rolled in yesterday. The Mokau-Tonga-porutu section will be completed in a few days, and a commencement was made today with the preliminary steps preparatory to the construction of a bridge over the Mokau River. These works represent the final steps in the completion of a metalled highway between the two provinces. It was proposed to mark the completion of the metalling by a suitable function next week, but the Minister for Public Works, the Hon. J. C. Coates, has asked that this should be postponed for a little owing to the anxiety Mr. Masscy's health is causing. "The road is not nearly so good as it is going to be," said Mr. T. M. Ball, resident engineer of the Public Works Department. " The road is merely metalled as yet. It is impossible to prosecute tar or bitumen work during the winter, but next summer we aim at tarring the whole distance from Uruti to Mokau." The road will be sealed by the tar penetration method, and Mr. Ball is convinced that one of the smoothest and finest roads in the Dominion will be the result. Mount Messenger, the bugbear of motorists, has received a coat of bitumen and chips laid over the rough metal. This is at present in good order and will stand for the coming winter, after which a second coat will b» laid with careful treatment, so that this beautiful scenic drive will be a pleasure to traverse. The new tarring work from the northern foot of Mount Messenger to Mokau has been approved by the department, and orders have already been placed for delivery of the bitumen so that opportunity may be taken of the earliest spell of fine weather. The Mokau' Bridge is to be built at once, and the work of clearing the site was begun to-day. No replies having been received to the call for tenders, the department has decided to build the bridge itself, and the work will be pushed on. The absence of a bridge at Mokau. has been one of the great drawbacks on the route. The bridge will bo 660 ft. long, with a lifting span in the centre to facilitate the movements of small steamers. The roadway will be 12ft, wide, with passing places, 18ft. wide.

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ROAD TO TARANAKI., New Zealand Herald, Volume LXII, Issue 19011, 7 May 1925

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ROAD TO TARANAKI. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXII, Issue 19011, 7 May 1925