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12/02/2018 10:00 a.m.
Monday 12 February, 2018
are being advised to take extra care and to follow detours in place, with
annual rehabilitation work starting on Thompsons Track today.
kilometres of the rural road will be strengthened and widened during the next
eight weeks, bringing the total distance of road renewals completed on
Thompsons Track since 2013 to 14.6km.
work will be carried out between the Mitcham Road and Lethams Road
intersections, and drivers will be directed onto Winchmore Lauriston Road and
Pannetts Road to avoid the road works during daylight hours through the week.
The road will open again each evening from 6.00pm until 6.00am.
Track has experienced a 150 per cent increase in heavy vehicle use during the
last 10 years, and 30 per cent growth in regular traffic. That use puts more
demand on the road and obviously wears it out faster. Considering the road was
initially never designed for such heavy use, we are now doing our best to
strengthen it to meet those continually growing demands,” Ashburton District
Council Roading Manager Brian Fauth says.
these next eight weeks, please slow down through the works when the road is
open. Travelling too fast can compromise the work and can be dangerous for
yourself and other road users,” he adds.
traffic volumes have increased, Thompsons Track does not meet state highway
criteria. That leaves Council budgeting each year to renew sections of the
road, of which 51 per cent is subsidised by NZ Transport Agency.
learn more about the road work programmes underway in the district, or what
work will be coming up, visit ashburtondc.govt.nz/roadingworx, download the
Council’s free app, Antenno and follow Ashburton District Council on Facebook.