Clearing gorge slip requires NZTA hare

LETTER

Once again we have the pathetic situation of the Waioeka Gorge being unnecessarily closed for a prolonged period due to the tortoise momentum of NZTA and its geotechnical engineers. Don’t these people have any idea about economic imperatives and the absolute inconvenience of their procrastinations?

Certainly I understand the need for safety, but how many incidents have there ever been on this road from rocks hitting vehicles? There is almost always a few rocks to avoid on the road anyway.

They can attack this slip from both sides, it should have been open in 24 hours minimum. Set up spotlights and man it 24 hours to watch for any ongoing rock falls. We need this road open now!

Tom Wakelin

Once again we have the pathetic situation of the Waioeka Gorge being unnecessarily closed for a prolonged period due to the tortoise momentum of NZTA and its geotechnical engineers. Don’t these people have any idea about economic imperatives and the absolute inconvenience of their procrastinations?

Certainly I understand the need for safety, but how many incidents have there ever been on this road from rocks hitting vehicles? There is almost always a few rocks to avoid on the road anyway.

They can attack this slip from both sides, it should have been open in 24 hours minimum. Set up spotlights and man it 24 hours to watch for any ongoing rock falls. We need this road open now!

Tom Wakelin

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Mary Hall, Tauranga - 4 months ago
By creating safety measures at the Waioeka slip site there are some very unsafe events created on alternative routes. Examples are drivers of commercial transport driving to the very limit of thier allowed time on secondary roads that are even more risky than the gorge. They are driving at night on contracts that demand a time frame of delivery despite the "act of god" in the gorge, and often risk their lives or injury in doing so.

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