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13/01/2023 12:00pm

For safety reasons, we'll have to close Franklin Rd approximately 2.2km from the intersection with Waitawheta Rd. An almost 100 metre stretch of Franklin Rd road embankment beyond this point has been undermined by Waitawheta River flows after Ex Cyclone Hale and could potentially drop out.

Road access to DoC walking tracks and parking area restricted 

The road closure will affect parking and access to walking tracks such as Daly’s Clearing Loop Track, Bluff Stream Kauri Loop Track, and Waitawheta Tramway.

Impact of Ex Cyclone Hale

We'd already started on an appropriate remedial option to restore the Franklin Road road embankment, due this known scour, but the heavier water flows during the cyclone have caused further damage, requiring more investigation. Unfortunately, we cannot immediately advise the programme timeframe to restore safe use for road users as we're currently working through this. However, we'll keep you informed throughout the process. The proposed work will entail the installation of a mass rock wall approximately 85 - 100 metres in length, to stabilise the road embankment.

Safety first

The widened car parking area near the end of Franklin Rd, often used by trampers accessing Department of Conservation (DoC) walking tracks, will need to be used for construction machinery and equipment during the upcoming remedial works. We apologise for this disruption to the access of these popular walking tracks and thank you for your patience and understanding as we complete this important safety work. We'll be working closely with any individual property owners affected by the closure, as well liaising with DoC to keep them informed as well.

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