The following is a progress report on work to minimise the impact of the Manawatū Gorge closure:
Last week (4 August) we said there were about four days of intensive maintenance work remaining on Saddle Road and weather permitting it would be carried out over the next two weeks.
Unfortunately the weather has not permitted us to complete this work on time and it is affecting the work we have completed. As a result we have estimated:
We know the rescheduling of work is disruptive to your travel plans. Ordinarily this type of intensive maintenance is carried out over summer. We are doing our best to ensure our updates are clear and we appreciate your feedback when it is not.
As a reminder our channels for communicating scheduled works and changes to the scheduled works are:
Tenders for the Manawatū Gorge alternative route closed on Friday 4 August 2017. The next step will be an evaluation of the tenders today, Friday 11 August. We are working towards awarding a contract in the week Monday 14 August. We will update you on timeframes for public consultation shortly after.