Work starts soon on Moeraki road

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Steady progress is being made on Moeraki’s Haven St.

The road which was wiped out in 2013 due to a landslip which left part of the road blocked off and unusable.

Meetings have been held to decide what should be done to the road and see which way is the best way of fixing it.

Waitaki District mayor Gary Kircher said they were pleased with the progress which has been made.

“There’s still some way to go fix what has happened but we are certainly on the right track.”

The part of the road where the slip occurred has been closed ever since with people unable to travel on the road and visitors and locals having to use nearby Tenby St to get through to the Moeraki township.

Mr Kircher said they were looking at an upgrade of about $100,000 which would have included drainage where the slip is, but at a far lower level than where it is now.

“We were going to put pipes into the ground about as far down as we could go to help with the drainage to hopefully prevent slips.”

However, the upgrade looks like it  bigger than just pupes being installed since more money has become available through pledges from the community.

“The rebuild could be a bit more now with the support we have had.

“We were looking at putting $50,000 towards and so were the private entity but now it looks as though there will be more money available for it,” he said.

Besides community support, the community pledges include use of equipment and someone on site as project manager.

The work will be overseen by council engineers in the roading department who will come up with plans for the design and health and safety.

Mr Kircher said they hope to have machines on site and hopefully under way sometime in February.

“If everything goes well then we will look to hopefully have it started by then.”

By Brayden Lindsay