Members of the public are advised to check the status of roads before they start their journey, as some may be closed. For State Highway information people can call 0800 4HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) or visit:
MANGAPARO ROAD RAIL OVER BRIDGE 4 km FROM SH43 6 km FROM OHURA.
Council's bridge contractor, Emmetts Civil Construction Ltd will be replacing the Mangaparo Bridge on Mangaparo Road, RP 4km from SH43, 6km from Ohura between Wilkie Road and Ohura Peak Trig Road.
Due to community liason and input, we have been able to reduce the period of closure, the road will now be closed from 8.00am on Monday 14 September 2020 (instead of 7 September) and is scheduled to be opened at 5pm on Thursday 17 December 2020.
The work will involve removal of the existing laminated decking, steel beams and timber piers. The construction of replacement pre-cast concrete hollow core beams and cast in situ deck with new abutments and retaining wall will be placed on the same horizontal alignment but elevated above the old bridge.
Council advises alternative routes be used accordingly. The main alternate route from Ohura will be via Ohura Road, Okahukura Saddle Road, State Highway 4 and State Highway 43. If you are coming from State Highway 43 the route is the same, but in reverse. Another alternate route is via Huia and Roto Roads, however please note these roads are gravel.
Council apologises for the short notice and any inconvenience this may cause. Unfortunately we cannot delay the start time as we need to have the road open before Christmas and the timeframe is tight. There is no temporary access available through the site. If you have any queries please contact Andrea Nicol at Ruapehu District Council on 07 895 8188 (ext 233) or Etienne du Plessis at GHD Limited on 07 896 0122.
Much of the Ruapehu Roading Network is ever susceptible to slips and dropouts due to the environment that we live in.
Crews may respond at any time to urgent jobs elsewhere in the district to clear slips and fallen trees from roads, and may leave the above sites unfinished but will return to complete once other sites are made safe. Please follow all Temporary Speed Limits and Temporary Traffic Management.
The wire and rubbish hidden in the long grass is the main cause of fires during roadside mowing, it would be helpful if people could keep their roadsides clean and clear. There is also scrub along the roadside which has a high fire risk. During fire ban seasons, they will focus on the blade work programme to remove larger branches, overhanging and encroaching vegetation.
Downer have undertaken seal repairs on Middle Road, Ongarue Waimiha Road, Poro O Tarao Road and Ongarue Stream Road, with fresh sealing chip remaining on the surface. There are also areas with no road markings so drive with care and to the conditions.