Waitaki road maintenance sidelined

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Roading maintenance and rehabilitation work is being sidelined as the Waitaki District Council juggle their roading budgets.

Unspent money in this area is being reallocated to the emergency works budget which has been drained due to a series of wet weather events.

The reallocation affects activities until the end of this financial year.

Assets Group manager, Neil Jorgensen, explained in a report the issue of variance between year to date actuals and budgets to the finance, audit and risk committee on Wednesday. For the third quarter the roading budget is running at a deficit of $380,000

He said in the report that minor adjustments were needed to reach a final zero balance for the financial year.

“The increasing saturation of landform is now beginning to have a deleterious effect on the roading infrastructure and concerns about the dimishing levels of response available to us are now needing to be evaluated within the whole of the roading network budget.”

Mr Jorgensen said this will have an impact on the levels of service until year end, June 30.

“The weather patterns look as if we will be in a constant remedial work cycle rather than programmed works.”

The council will consider stand-down periods of 24-72 hours in the future for the worst affected roads. This option is still a long way off been used and would mainly affect forestry roads.

Ritchies Coachlines Oamaru manager, David Lott, said the roads were really struggling.

“While we’ve managed to get around most of the roads, some mornings bus drivers have to find an alternative route.”

“Drivers are also complaining about cow poo.”

By LINDA MCCARTHY