Road widening

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"The tortuous Cobden Hill section of highway between Greymouth and Coal Creek is being widened and reshaped by the Ministry of Works and Development. It is using a form of hydraulic rock breaker to break up the limestone cliffside and collapsing ready for removal. "It's preferable to using explosives" said a senion engineering officer with the Ministry in Greymouth, Mr Murray Darling. Much of the impact from explosives was lost in the cracked nature of the hillside he said. The road is being widened to a 9m roadway and the curves are being reshaped. Another reason for the project was to push the highway further into the hillside and away from the railway line to Runanga. This piece of the highway carrying guard rails was unstable, said Mr Darling.

The Ministry expects to be engaged in the present widening work, which is beng worked six days a week, for the next three months. While the work would remove a hazardous section of highway and improve the section between Greymouth and Runanga, it would not lead to a continuance of earlier plans the upgrade the section of highway between Coal Creek and Taylorville, he said.

That plan had been scrapped he said. The State Highway to Reefton would remain of the present, Dobson, side of the Grey River. Some years ago, the Ministry proposed switching the State highway across the Stillwater bridge, rerouting traffic through Taylorville, Coal Creek, and entering Greymouth over the Cobden Bridge.

Transcript of newspaper clipping attached to rear of this photo. Presumably from the Greymouth Star.

Photo dated 24 April 1987

Photo by John Charlton

From the John Charlton Collection, Grey District Library

 

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