Road seal for seven, high-priority roads

Published on 13 August 2021

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The Council will spend $6.17 million over the next three years sealing sections of seven, high-priority roads across the Far North.

In total, 11.48km of road will be sealed by 2024 under the Council’s unsubsidised Priority Seal Extensions Programme. This programme is entirely funded by the Council and was launched in 2019 to combat dust on roads that do not attract funding subsidies from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency because they have not met its strict criteria.  The seven roads to be sealed (see table below) were selected by the Northland Transportation Alliance using a dust prioritisation matrix first developed in 2019. This ranks individual roads based on criteria such as traffic volumes, the number of residents on each road, the presence of schools, marae and other community facilities, as well as dust levels.

The road selection was endorsed by the Council’s Infrastructure Committee in July. Deputy Mayor Ann Court says the funding demonstrates the Council’s commitment to tackling road dust and supporting Far North residents.

“We are grateful for Waka Kotahi’s funding assistance to seal our road network. However, where that assistance is not available, the Council must step up to support our residents seriously impacted by road dust. The Priority Seal Extensions Programme allows us to do that.”

She says using the Dust Prioritisation Matrix to select roads to be sealed takes the politics out of road sealing decisions and makes road selection transparent and fair across the whole district.

Road name

Location

Section of road

Length

Financial year

Brass Rd

Ahipara

Start: Kaitāia-Awaroa Road intersection End: Past house no. 127

1.675km

2021/22

Parapara-Toatoa Road

Taipa

Start: Parapara Road intersection

End: Parapara Marae

1.123km

2021/22

Oromāhoe Road

Oromāhoe

Start: Before house no. 1381

End: Sealed bridge approach

1.204km

2022/23

Pawarenga Road

Pawarenga

Start: End of seal near health clinic

End: Past house no. 1342

1.680km

2022/23

West Coast Road

Kohukohu

Start: Te Karaka Road intersection

End: Hato Kereti me Hato Remehio

1.933km

2022/23

Ruaroa Rd

Rangitihi

Start: House no. 315

End: House no. 572

2.673km

2023/24

Hautapu Rd

Moerewa

Start: House no. 493

End: Hupara Road intersection

1.201km

2023/24