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Roading Recovery Plan

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council is committed to undertaking a full roading recovery project which will see the restoration of a reliable and resilient roading network for Central Hawke’s Bay.

roading recovery image1We are ‘Facing the Facts’ with regards to the state of our 1200km of roads in Central Hawke’s Bay.

Due to the enduring rain over the past months, we are now faced with damage on a scale we’ve not seen in more than five decades. At first estimate, the cost of repairing the current damage will be up to $40 million.

We are acutely aware that the roading network is the economic and social backbone of our community, and that’s why we’re planning for a full roading recovery project which will see the restoration of a reliable and resilient roading network for Central Hawke’s Bay.

Currently, more than fifty-five roads closed or reduced to one lane. On top of this, potholes have multiplied as fast as they were filled in.

Whilst Council have approved the immediate release of $500,000 from its Catastrophic Events Fund so the team can get started on the most urgent and high-risk repairs, a formal application is being submitted to Waka Kotahi – New Zealand Transport agency for the remaining and majority of the funding required. A response is expected by November, if not earlier. 

Come along on this journey with us as we work to the repair the damage we face right now, whilst also ensuring we build long-term resilience in our roads.

The future effects of climate variability and change are still uncertain at this point, but you can rest assured we are proactively preparing for this. 

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