Manawatu Gorge update

Monday, September 18, 2017

The rock face above Kerry’s Wall in the Manawatu Gorge has moved 80mm over the past month, and the NZ Transport Agency continues to monitor the movement.

NZTA plans more drone filming of the area to get a visual insight into the Gorge slip. Once completed the footage will be made available on the project’s webpage (

The team working on the Manawatu Gorge alternative route business case is preparing for the public feedback period scheduled to get underway later this month.

NZTA say they are committed to working quickly to develop recommendations, which means that there will be a relatively short timeframe for engagement. They urge anyone who wants to have their say to get in touch with them by emailing

Pahiatua Track maintenance

Minor patching activities are underway on the Pahiatua Track. There is traffic control and minor delays may be experienced during the works.

Resurfacing on Salisbury Street

The resurfacing work on Salisbury Street has been delayed by poor weather and is scheduled to get back underway this week and continue for a fortnight.

During the resurfacing some local short-term detours will be in place, but in order to complete resurfacing at the end of Salisbury Street, a westbound Saddle Road closure will be in place on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 September. These works are dependent on fine weather so please check NZTA’s Facebook page at for up-to-date travel information.

Saddle Road upgrade

NZTA continues to monitor the Saddle Road and make repairs as required to ensure it remains safe. Plans are being finalised for completing the last two sections for the Saddle Road upgrade, expected to begin in late 2017.

Update on temporary bypass of Ashhurst and Woodville realignment

Potential bypass routes of Ashhurst are being investigated and as part of this process NZTA say they are working with a variety of local property owners on potential options for access.