More than two kilometres of one of the Ashburton District's busiest rural roads is about to go under the digger for repairs this week.
Sections of weak pavement along 2.2km of Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road (also known as the Inland Scenic Route) from a multi-road intersection north of the Rangitata River will be dug up, refilled with stronger gravels and resealed.
The intersection, which consists of Cracroft Maronan, Ealing Montalto, Hackthorne and Arundel Rakaia Gorge Roads will be dug up to a depth of 300mm, which will remove any failed gravels. Once these pre-seal repairs are completed, the section of road will be resurfaced in summer with a new coat of seal.
Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road is one of the district's busiest, with more than 1,600 vehicles travelling it each day.
Weather permitting, it is expected that the pre-seal repairs will be finished in about one-month's time.
You can learn more about road maintenance projects in the Ashburton District here.