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More repairs for vulnerable road

A crack that formed on Te Wharau Rd about four weeks is due to underground water that’s resulted from recent severe weather events such as Cyclone Gabrielle.

A Carterton District Council [CDC] spokesperson told the Times-Age that a contractor initially assessed the road for safety and closed it down to one lane while they monitored it for further damage.

The recently formed crack is in CDC’s programme of works for permanent repair alongside a culvert replacement.

The spokesperson said repairs had started and the area will be closed off to motorists for about two weeks. A detour route will be established via Westmere Rd to facilitate smooth traffic flow for commuters, the spokesperson said. Times-Age reported late last month that a Wairarapa road study identified Te Wharau Rd as one of Carterton District’s most vulnerable roads.

According to CDC, Te Wharau Rd was affected by severe weather events in February and August last year, as well as by Cyclones Hale [in January] and Gabrielle [February] this year.

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