Rough road to stay till sewer laid

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 09:49 20/02/2014

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Temuka's rough roads are a case of unfinished business.

Timaru District Council's land transport manager Andrew Dixon came to the council's defence after a resident wrote to The Timaru Herald, highlighting the need for improvements.

Lynn Patrick, of Temuka, wrote: "What ever happened to having a pride in your work? Recently parts of Domain Ave in Temuka have been resealed and I've got to say that between Studholme St and Rayner St it's an absolute disgrace.

"Maybe whoever did the job should try riding a pushbike along it and see how many cars toot at them for not riding to the left hand side of the road more. I can tell you from experience you'll get heaps.

"Please can this stretch of road be resealed properly and make it less of a moon-landing experience and a lot safer to travel on for everyone."

Mr Dixon said the simple answer was the roads will be resealed, once all the work planned for them was completed.

"There's another job proposed, which is to put a new sewer line in, right down the middle of [Domain Ave]. So, it's no good us going in, returning the pavement, only for it to be dug up again. That would just be a waste of ratepayer's money."

He said it was also important to note that each time a road is dug up it loses about one third of its life.

"It is a rough road [in Temuka]. If there was no further work planned we would have gone in and done it by now," he said.

"We try really hard to co- ordinate to make sure the road is the last thing that's done. It doesn't always work, but we certainly try."

It has yet to be decided when the sewer line would be laid.

"It's a political decision," he said. "There's two jobs in Geraldine and one in Temuka."

The Geraldine jobs involve the renewal of Talbot St. A sewer line will also be laid.

However, the council has to make its mind up which town will get theirs first, he said.

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