Rangiwahia road sealing may boost tourism

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 12:00 22/02/2013

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A "critical" roading revamp in Rangiwahia could open up tourism ventures and other possibilities, councillors say.

The Manawatu District Council is in the midst of upgrading a 7.5-kilometre stretch of Main South Rd with seal 50km north-east of Feilding.

Stage one - reaching 3.8km - is nearing completion and the council decided in a meeting yesterday to start stage two immediately and award the current contractor Fulton Hogan the job again.

Mayor Margaret Kouvelis said she drove on the road a few weeks ago and was impressed.

"Although this is an expensive piece of road for the amount of traffic, I think it will open up the district. It's critical to us and I know the people up there are delighted it's being done."

Councillor John Salmon said the sealing extension could enable tourism projects to develop.

"This particular road, I hope, is going to open up more opportunities for the people up there in terms of tourism ... especially with the scenery and antique cottages.

"People have been restricted driving over metal roads but now this is going to be completed and sealed, I'm sure it will be better used and attract a lot more people."

The second stage - 3.7km long - will see the unsealed road have its pavement shoulder and road berm undercut to provide better support and improve surface drainage.

Council roading manager Wayne Keightly said stage one had only "one gully and a straight left to go" and stage two would begin soon.

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- Manawatu Standard

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