Council still exploring road options

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Council contractors, SouthRoads, started work recently to place rock protection at the base of an underslip at Orere Point, south of Kakanui.

In a series of slips along the coastal road, council has had some challenging times to find suitable and long-term solutions to the damage being caused by coastal erosion.

Roading manager, Michael Voss, said the work to protect the base of the underslip at Orere Point is just one section of the road that is being repaired and more has yet to be finalised.

“We had another slip earlier this month on a section of Beach Road north of Kakanui which has resulted in us constructing temporary fencing,” said Mr Voss.

“Specialist geotechnical engineers are investigating the slip and they will provide us with advice and help us identify appropriate solutions.”

In May an earlier slip occurred on Beach Road, causing a section of the road to be reduced to one lane.

“We are currently negotiating with a land-owner to buy some land so that the road can be moved inland and further away from the coast and the damage being caused by rising sea levels and erosion.”

Coastal erosion pose some challenges for maintaining the coastal road that is both sustainable and does not place too high a burden on ratepayers.

“Once again, we would like to thank the public for their patience while we continue to look for suitable solutions.”

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

EXPLORING OPTIONS: The slip that occurred just North of Kakanui in May is one of a series along the coastline being investigated by the Waitaki District Council.