Contract awarded for Nuggets Road Sealing Project
Clutha District Council has awarded the construction contract for the Nuggets Road sealing project to SouthRoads for a price of $2.13 million.
Four tenders were received for the work, ranging from $2.13 to $2.25 million.
The sealing project will be completed in two stages, with the first stage due to start this coming winter. It will involve sealing the carpark at the end of the road, closest to the lighthouse, installing guard rails, as well as some tree cutting and rock stabilisation work. The second stage will begin next summer and will involve, cleaning up, widening some of the road and applying a chip seal from where the road meets Karoro Creek Road all the way to the lighthouse.
An exact start date will be confirmed in the near future.
Council's Capital Delivery Manager Steve Gordon said the sealing work should be able to be carried out without closing the road but asked drivers to be patient and mindful of construction safety measures such as reduced speed limits.
The NZ Transport Agency approved a budget of $2.7 million for the project and is contributing $1.6 million, close to 60% of the total cost. The remaining cost is being met by Council.
The Transport Agency's funding is part of the Otago Transport Investment Programme, which identified the sealing of the Nuggets Road as one of four key projects that would benefit Otago.
Southern Regional Director Jim Harland said the Transport Agency was pleased to see the contract finalised.
"With more than 60,000 visitors a year - from other parts of New Zealand and from overseas - this unsealed road to the lighthouse is a prime candidate for sealing.
We know that gravel roads can be a challenge for many drivers, especially visitors, who may not have encountered them before. The more we can do to improve safety for everyone on this Southern Scenic Route the better."