22/10/2013 12:00:00 a.m.
22 October 2013
Mayor Annette Main says the news that work is about to begin on completing the sealing of the Whanganui River Road is great for tourism and residents.
“As well as providing improved access for local residents and those who work in the river valley, it is very welcome news for tourism in the region,” Mayor Main said.
“The Whanganui River Road is part of the Mountains to Sea section of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail, and the national Te Araroa Pathway. Completion of the remaining sealing will provide an even better experience for those using the cycleway and pathway which are already providing benefits through new tourism operators and accommodation opportunities.
“Visitors love the landscape and the stories of the Whanganui River valley, and they love our town with its strong cultural and art heritage. The flow-on effects of these visitors to our district provides significant income into our economy.”
Work will begin on the 11km unsealed section of the Whanganui River Road from Ranana to Pipiriki on October 30. The work will be completed by 30 March 2014.
The road will remain open to traffic, but motorists are urged to be cautious.
NZ Transport Agency has financially assisted 79% of the $1.734M cost to allow the seal extension to be completed. The balance of funding is from Wanganui District Council and Ruapehu District Council.