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News in brief, June 17, 2023

Turnaround bay

Waka Kotahi NZTA says motorists travelling on State Highway 2 [SH2] between Masterton and Carterton will see a “big change” next month with the completion of a new turnaround bay. The turnaround bay will be installed at the southern end of the works near the intersection of SH2 and Hughes Line. NZTA regional manager of infrastructure Jetesh Bhula said the bay is designed to provide a safe turning space for traffic, including vehicles as large as semi-trailer trucks. It will allow “southbound traffic to change direction without having to cross two lanes of traffic. We’ve had some questions from the community about its location,” Bhula said. “We identified a need for a turnaround at the southern end of the new median barrier, and we had the land available. So, it was a cost-effective solution.”

Water shutdown

Carterton District Council [CDC] shut down a section of Brooklyn Rd yesterday for repairs. The shutdown was scheduled from 9am until about 2pm and followed CDC sourcing fittings to replace a section of leaking water pipe. CDC was aware there was some surface flooding on the verges on Thursday evening but made the decision to keep the water on until repairs could be made so residents had a water supply overnight.

Solway sirens

Sirens sounding in Masterton on Thursday night were in response to a switchboard fire in Waingawa. Masterton Fire Brigade responded to the fire shortly after 8pm. An hour later the brigade responded to another incident that turned out to be a false alarm.

Eftpos down

South Wairarapa District Council has advised people the eftpos machine at the Greytown recycling station is not working. People using the facility should be prepared to pay with cash for green waste disposal today and tomorrow.

Correction

A story in Thursday’s Times-Age – ‘Property listings low but sales on upswing’ – reported incorrect figures for house sales in Masterton, Carterton, and South Wairarapa for the month of May. The data used in the article included lifestyle and other property sales. Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures for exclusively May house sales records 22 houses being bought in Masterton, 19 in Carterton, and 15 in South Wairarapa.

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