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Further Reading St delays

Reading St residents hoping for an early Christmas present in the form of Higgins contractors announcing the completion of the street’s roadworks have had their hopes dashed.

The roadworks on Greytown’s Reading and Church streets had an original completion date of October, which was pushed out to December just weeks before the initial deadline.

Reasons for the extension included a stormwater design change, a pipe unexpectedly clogged with asbestos, extra construction time around a water race, and a kerb redesign.

South Wairarapa District Council was advised by Higgins on December 8 that work were on track to be completed this week.

However, residents have now received a letter from Higgins extending the completion date to January 19.

The letter states that although surfacing on the roads, bus stop, and car parks has been completed, “inclement weather” from earlier in the month has caused delays to final pavement preparation, resulting in additional work being needed to ensure the pavement passes testing requirements.

“This means we were unable to complete the driveway tie ins, landscaping around the footpath, and other smaller items,” the letter read.

Crew will be back to complete the remainder of the works from January 8, with the hopes of completion by January 19.

Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age, originally hailing from Wellington. She is interested in social issues and writes about the local arts and culture scene.

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