Work to rehabilitate 700 metres of Beach Road in Ashburton is moving ahead on schedule, with more than half the road reconstructed and ready for resealing.
Fulton Hogan, working on behalf of the Council have dug up and repaired a 400 metre length of Beach Road between Chalmers Avenue and Cambridge Street, and expect to begin sealing this section of road at the start of November.
The contractors have reinforced parts of the road found to have weaker foundations with additional support, which will help to create a stronger road surface for drivers once completed.
It is anticipated that once the Chalmers Avenue to Cambridge Street section of road is sealed, it will be reopened to traffic (excluding heavy vehicles).
Ashburton Contracting Limited (ACL) are now also on-site extending the watermain on Beach Road underneath the Trevors Road intersection so that the drinking water service can be installed up Beach Road East and connected to additional properties.
Although Beach Road between Chalmers Avenue and Trevors Road is closed to traffic during the day, the road is reopened each night at a restricted speed limit. Drivers using the road during this time are being reminded to travel slowly and obey the 30km/hour restriction as faster speeds can damage the road works, which requires it to be re-prepared at an additional cost.
The Beach Road rehabilitation project is expected to wrap up in December.