Preview of new Manawatu Gorge replacement route


A first look at the route for the new State Highway 3 replacement for the Manawatu Gorge

The NZ Transport Agency has released a computer-generated look at the route for the new State Highway 3 replacement for the Manawatu Gorge. The route runs from near the western entry of the closed SH3 gorge route, crosses the Ruahine Ranges north of the gorge, and reconnects to SH3 at Woodville.

"It provides a visualisation, which gives people an idea where the road will go over the Ruahine Ranges and a feel for what it might look like," Project manager Lonnie Dalzell says.

 "Great progress is being made on the new road, as well as this sneak peek, the project team has recently completed geotechnical investigations along the proposed corridor of the replacement route."

He added that 15 boreholes—the deepest being 50 metres—yielded 530 metres of core samples, which have been sent for lab testing.

"The ground core samples will provide further understanding of the area and key information for the project as we refine our knowledge and continue the investigation of the proposed corridor."

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