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Design plan for Russell Parade confirmed

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Wairoa District Council has confirmed its approach to the erosion issues plaguing Russell Parade at Frasertown.

Chief Executive Kitea Tipuna said while the big picture is a long-term solution, Council’s immediate response is to make the area as safe as possible, retain access and slow erosion.

The riverbank scouring and dropout along Russell Parade is a historical issue and was exacerbated by the March and April rainfall events which reduced the riverside road to single lane.

Following meetings with directly affected residents, Council has now confirmed it will start on a no exit residents only road, while also carrying out riverbank and erosion control measures.

“At the end of the day we are battling Mother Nature and are trying to put in place a solution that will provide a safe option and provide access for the users along the affected stretch of road - which includes impacting Frasertown School.

Repair work is expected to start before Christmas with the total cost of the project around $1million with funding received from Waka Kotahi NZTA.

Work will include a one-lane, two-way system, with pull-in bays, an upgrade and extended drop off area near Frasertown School, additional drainage work to divert surface water away from the damaged slope and new signage.

Mesh will be installed on the riverbanks slope to stabilise the area and planting will be carried out.

Council will also consider speed restrictions and a future walkway.

Mr Tipuna said Council recognises the current access issues are disruptive. “Thank you to everyone for their patience and support while we have worked through the design process, particularly those residents who are directly affected.

“From a safety perspective, we urge everyone to stay away from the affected road/riverbank area and encourage only residents, and those associated with the school, to use the affected piece of road in a bid to reduce traffic flow. If anyone notices new developments, or worsening of the area, please advise Council as soon as possible by calling 06 838 7309.”

25 November 2022

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