ELEMENT OP SAFETY ROTORUA TO GISBORNE EAST COAST METALLING [by TELEGRAPH —OWN CORRESPONDENT"] OrOTIKI, Saturday Work in progress between Rotortta and Gisborne will considerably improve travelling conditions. The biggest undertaking is the straightening of the road on the Opotiki side of Lake Rotoma, where five miles are under construction, the winding formation being greatly eased and many dangerous bends eliminated.
In tho Waimana Gorge, work has been in progress for some time in improving dangerous corners near the top of the gorge hill, where the roadway is being made very wide on the bends. Another important work is on the Waiocka Gorge Road, between Opotiki and Matawai, where a concrete retaining-wall is being erected. r lhis section of tho road has been the scene of a number of accidents.
There appears little likelihood of sealing work being undertaken through tho Bay of Plenty this 'year, as efforts are being concentrated in improving the alignment and eliminating danger points. Apart from several miles of sealing near Rotorua and Gisborne, the roads through tho two bays are gravel, sand or pumice-surfaced. On the new east coast road, the metalling is nearly completed. When the work is finished, there will be an all-weather route between Opotiki and Gisborne, via Cape Runaway. Good progress is being made on the approaches to the new Raukokore Bridge. As soon as the formation is completed, it is expected that an immediate start will be made on the big bridge, which is some distance above the present low-level bridge. WORK IN KINO COUNTRY
PLANS FOR THE SUMMER
[by telegraph—OWN correspondent] TE KUITI, Saturday
Extensive improvements to main highways in the northern section of the No. 6 highways district have been provided for in the highways estimates and, with the coming of the summer months, work will soon be in full swing. Already a large number of men are employed. A grant of £IO,OOO has been made for widening and reforming portion of the Auckland-Wellington main highway within the Otorohanga county. This work will bo up to the same standard as was achieved between Hamilton and Ohatipo and will be a preparation for extending the tar-seal-mg from the north. So far about 40 men are employed on this work and it is anticipated the number will soon be increased to about 60.
South of Te Kuiti much work is planned. The biggest project here is between the seven and 10 miles pegs on the New Plymouth highway south of Te Kuiti. From 40 to 50 men will bo employed oil this portion of the road. During the winter considerable inconvenience to motorists has been caused by the flooding of the low portion of this section, but this will be eliminated by realigning the road. A total of £6OOO is allowed on the estimates for this work.
The section of road immediately past this area was straightened last year. During the coming summer two miles of the road, from the 10 to the 12-mile pegs, will be given a two-coat seal. The contract has been let for this work. Provision is also made for coating the existing sealing at Mahoenui and Mokau.
At present proposals are being considered for the elimination of railway crossings at the south of To Kuiti and at the north of Otorohanga by means of overhead bridges. During the coming season, tourists will have to be hauled through the river by bullock or horse teams.
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BETTER ROADS, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXIII, Issue 22553, 19 October 1936
BETTER ROADS New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXIII, Issue 22553, 19 October 1936
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