Road repairs to cost $1.3m
Fixing flood damage to Marlborough rural roads is expected to cost $1.3 million, Marlborough Roads senior assets manager Wayne Oldfield says.
High rainfall in July and August caused so much damage that repair work would continue until Christmas, he said.
"Repairs are needed from d'Urville Island to the Ure Valley, so it's a large area and we have to do the most urgent work first," he said.
"We do appreciate that it's going to be inconvenient for some people but we're asking everybody to be patient until the contractor reaches their local road."
Roads serving larger communities or schools would be given priority for work, from laying new seal to rebuilding retaining walls.
The only roads that remained closed were Ward Beach Rd and Reserve Rd from Seaview to Blind River.
However, major problems remained on the Awatere Valley and Medway roads inland from Seddon, including slips, dropouts and scouring, Mr Oldfield said.
Drivers should take care on Kenepuru Sound roads and in the Ure Valley near Ward where there were slips and drop-outs.
A long-range forecast for more showery weather in Marlborough meant drivers should be vigilant for slips, Mr Oldfield said.
Marlborough Roads senior assets manager Steve Murrin said the Marlborough District Council would apply to the New Zealand Transport Authority for emergency works funding, which would probably cover about 48 per cent of costs.
The remainder would come from council rates and reserves.
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