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Inland Road Still Too Unstable To Repair

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Fuseworks Media

4 September 2008 - The Hurunui District Council received confirmation yesterday that the Inland Road in North Canterbury is still slipping and likely to be out of action for some time yet.

The Council has received specialist advice about the repairing the Inland Road which has been crippled by major slips and land movement since the 25 July floods. The geotechnical report requested by the Council confirmed the Council's engineering staff suspicions that the damage is great and the repair is not an easy matter to resolve. Dave Edge, the Council's Roading Manager said, "The situation is particularly dicey because the land is still moving which makes any attempts to repair it extremely dangerous."

The Council's contractor, Fulton Hogan is not prepared to put in heavy machinery as the health and safety risks are too great. "They feel strongly that to do so would be fool hardy and could put people and equipment at risk," said Dave Edge.

The Inland Road is the main route to Hanmer Springs from State Highway One north of Cheviot. "The road closure is incredibly frustrating to those who live locally and to truck drivers and tourists. We understand the inconvenience and cost to those who this has impacted on," reported Dave Edge. He said that the Council is doing all it can to remedy the situation but the ground needs to stop moving before the road can be repaired. In the meantime, the road is dangerous and is not passable. Council will continue to monitor the situation and assures people, that as soon as it is safe to do so, the repair work will commence immediately.

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