Replacement goes on two months after storm

Last updated 15:40 24/11/2013
Damaged marker posts
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DAMAGE: Contract manager of Sicon Ferguson John Keenan with just some of the hundreds of marker posts damaged in the recent winds.

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Contractors are still repairing and replacing road signs and posts along South Canterbury's state highway network two months after hurricane-force winds.

New Zealand Transport Agency's Pete Connors said the September winds damaged more than 600 road-edge markers and about 100 road signs.

"There's still a bit of work to do, but it's mostly been finished off ... repairing edge-markers is reasonably easy to do, but a lot of the signs had to be made-to-order."

Connors said the repair costs for the road signs and posts would have been in the "tens of thousands" of dollars.

"In the grand scheme of things, it's not a big deal. There were farmers who had irrigators snapped in two. Our main cost was tidying up after trees toppled on to the roads," he said.

The winds on September 9 and 10 reached up to 220kmh in parts of the region.

Connors said most of the "important" road signs - such as the give-way and speed signs - were replaced quickly.

"The less important ones we have repaired when possible. In a lot of the cases, they're just on the side of the road waiting to be put back up," he said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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