Marlborough roads recovery - Project update - 20 October

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Marlborough roads recovery - Project update - 20 October

  • Date 12:25 PM Thursday 21 October 2021
  • Type Roads

Roading Update for the Awatere Valley

Wednesday 20 October 2021
Next update 27 October 2021

Roading repairs in the Awatere Valley have continued despite some wet weather in the last week. We’ll be meeting with the Awatere community this week to provide an update on progress so far and the programme of work ahead between now and Christmas.

For more information on road status and restrictions, read our Road Access Definitions ands FAQs

Go to the Road Access Definitions and FAQs

Marlborough Roads Recovery Team would like to thank everyone affected by the July storm damage throughout our roading network for their patience during this difficult time.

There will be no roadworks over Labour Weekend - we wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday.

INVITATION - Thursday 21 October, at 2.00 pm, Mt Gladstone - 5911 Awatere Valley Road

Marlborough District Council, Marlborough Roads and Ministry for Primary Industries will be visiting the Awatere community tomorrow to share the latest road recovery information with you. Light refreshments will be provided. We would welcome your attendance.

Awatere Valley Road

Controlled Access (Residents Only)

The Awatere Valley Road continues to be Controlled Access (Residents Only). For truck and trailer access, 24-hours’ notice is required. Please phone 0800 213 213 or 03 520 8024, 8.00 am - 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday, or email recovery@marlboroughroads.com

While Molesworth Station is open to the public from Labour Weekend, there is currently no access for non-residents through the Awatere Valley unless with an approved pass from Marlborough Roads.

Looking ahead

For all work areas in the Awatere Valley, our focus between now and Christmas is on upgrading drainage structures, repairing scoured areas and doing minor road repairs.

We are also investigating solutions to key areas, looking ahead to when we can open up access to non-residents.

From Medway to Jordan

River realigning work began this week at a site about 2km in, just before the concrete slipways. This will protect the roadway from further scouring by realigning the river away from the bank.

From Jordan to Limestone

River realigning work on this section of road, just before Limestone Bridge, will follow repairs. Once complete, this work will protect the roadway from further scouring by realigning the river. The large overslip at the same location will be cleared at the same time.

Work completed to 17 October

Staff hosted a planning session with the river engineer, ecologists, contractors and management for the river realigning works scheduled to start this week.

The following images are of work completed during the week to 17 October in the Jordan to Limestone section of the Awatere Valley Road. Distances are from Jordan Bridge towards Limestone Bridge.

Kenepuru Road, Queen Charlotte Drive, Kaiuma Bay Road/Pelorus and Northbank

Wednesday 20 October 2021
Next update 27 October 2021

Roading repairs around the area have continued, despite some wet weather in the last week. We are starting to see progress, with further sections of road in the Sounds recovery area moving to public access.

Where to go for information between Marlborough Roads Recovery Updates:

For more information on road status and restrictions, read our Road Access Definitions ands FAQs

Go to the Road Access Definitions and FAQs

Marlborough Roads Recovery Team would like to thank everyone affected by the July storm damage throughout our roading network for their patience during this difficult time.

There will be no roadworks over Labour weekend, we wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Visitor access to Controlled Access (Residents Only) areas:

Visitors are not able to drive vehicles into Controlled Access (Residents Only) areas in any of the recovery zones. However, residents with passes are able to pick their guests up from Public Access points across the recovery area and transport them to their property. Note: Visitor means – the property owner/resident does have to be at the property. It is not for visitors who are borrowing or renting accommodation.

Kenepuru Road

Access status

  • All recovery areas past Sandy Bay, on Kenepuru Road and into the Outer Sounds, are now open for Public Access.
  • Kenepuru Road, from Moetapu Bay Road through to Onahau Road, and from the Water Tank slip (*RP 20.5), about 1km east of the Onahau Road turnoff, to Sandy Bay Road is Controlled Access (Residents Only).
  • The section of Kenepuru Road from Onahau Road, to the Water Tank slip (RP 20.5), is closed as this section of the road is unstable and unsafe.

A drill rig was brought in at the end of the week to undertake geotechnical sampling between the Water Tank slip and Portage. This rig has been used to collect information on the material under the fault which will assist with design of the repair work. The rig will move on to the section between Mahau Road and The Rock.

We have had six crews working on various sites on Kenepuru Road including slip clearing at 6.4km and The Rock, and clearing water tables between Mahau Rd and Willow Bay.

For more information

For the latest road status updates please visit our Marlborough Emergency Management Official Information Map before your journey.

Go to the Marlborough Emergency Management Official Public Information Map

Go to the Marlborough District Council's website for the latest roading alerts.

Phone us: 0800 213 213 or 03 520 8024, between 8.00 am - 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday

Email us: recovery@marlboroughroads.com