A two-year project to construct the $14 million State Highway 1 Edendale Realignment has reached the half way mark and plenty has been achieved in that time.
Due for completion in mid-2020, the realignment will improve safety and increase accessibility for Southland communities and businesses.
Work is underway on building the fourth leg of the roundabout that will serve as the new milk tanker access road for the Fonterra dairy plant. Site clearance work including tree felling has commenced in advance of water and power relocation/ installation and pavement construction. Recent wet weather has slowed progress on this work a little.
Progress this year includes:
We’ve installed what is believed to be Southland’s largest concrete box culvert that will carry the Oteramika Stream under the new alignment. Kerb construction at the roundabout has been completed and asphalt laid on the roundabout and its approaches.
This was paved using two circulating paving crews to eliminate cold join issues with each layer of asphalt. Higher temperatures are needed to apply the final layer of seal, which means leaving this task until the warmer spring months.
All 2.6 kilometres of the alignment have been paved, lighting at the roundabout has been installed and tested, and a large drainage pond formed beside the roundabout. Wire rope safety barriers are now being fitted along the alignment.
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