We’re not even in the same road race

LETTER

On return from a recent weekend trip to Napier, having utilised the main routes between Napier and Hastings, I enjoyed the smooth, coherent expanse of road and appreciated the carefully maintained wetlands around the bridge areas and series of new roundabouts they have.

From Napier to Wairoa the highway was a dream . . . and then you get to the other side of Wairoa headed to Gisborne, and face potholes, heavy traffic and shadowing on the road. It is unfair to expect drivers to manage the shocking state the Wharerata Road is in.

I appreciate that the Government and the council have recognised the terrible, dangerous state of our roads and will be investing a lot more on them in coming years.

It is a long time overdue, though.

We have been neglected, as Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay leave Poverty Bay behind in the “Race to Rising Overhead Highways and Memorable Holidays”.

The fact roading leaves a lasting impression was confirmed to me by someone who visited family here recently. I can’t defend Gisborne any more, we are not even in the same road race!

BEEN NEGLECTED

On return from a recent weekend trip to Napier, having utilised the main routes between Napier and Hastings, I enjoyed the smooth, coherent expanse of road and appreciated the carefully maintained wetlands around the bridge areas and series of new roundabouts they have.

From Napier to Wairoa the highway was a dream . . . and then you get to the other side of Wairoa headed to Gisborne, and face potholes, heavy traffic and shadowing on the road. It is unfair to expect drivers to manage the shocking state the Wharerata Road is in.

I appreciate that the Government and the council have recognised the terrible, dangerous state of our roads and will be investing a lot more on them in coming years.

It is a long time overdue, though.

We have been neglected, as Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay leave Poverty Bay behind in the “Race to Rising Overhead Highways and Memorable Holidays”.

The fact roading leaves a lasting impression was confirmed to me by someone who visited family here recently. I can’t defend Gisborne any more, we are not even in the same road race!

BEEN NEGLECTED

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Phil Hunt, Picton - 1 month ago
The unanswered question is "How much is the annual repair cost of State Highway 2 (Gisborne-Wairoa-Napier)?" A lot more than re-opening the rail and keeping that running.
When you drive on that section of road, count the number of heavy trucks you see. The ones with the "H" on them are heavier and authorised to travel that road. Whoever allowed that must be appraised of the damage that decision has done to the highway.
Once again silence from Gisborne District Council, NZTA and Hastings District Council - they all know the costs but won't reveal them!
Time for Shane Jones to shake them up and get some answers!