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Bulls Gorge work on track
New SH10 route
Easing the corners: improving SH10 through Bulls Gorge
Works: An aerial shot of the $7.5
million Bulls gorge project under way.
Old and new: A graphic shows the existing route and the new alignment, currently under construction.
WORK on the two-year Bulls Gorge
project has been under way for a
month and is on track.
Police have urged people for
many years to drive defensively at
Bulls Gorge, the site of many
accidents, some of them fatal.
Sharp corners and steep
gradients will be replaced with a
smoother, wider highway with
A short section of the existing
Bulls Gorge section of SH10, south
of Kerikeri, will be diverted tempor-
arily near the Puketona Scenic Res-
erve while a new culvert is being
constructed. Traffic will then move
back to the existing highway once
the culvert is completed.
The diversion will follow the
route of the new alignment. This
stage of the $7.5 million upgrade is
necessary because of conservation
work associated with the project.
The NZ Transport Agency is
building the culvert for a stream
flowing through the reserve that
eventually feeds into the Waitangi
The stream is being realigned
away from the highway.
The culvert will be 100 metres
long and 2.5 metres wide and allows
safe passage for fish such as banded
kokopu and long-finned eels to con-
tinue to swim upstream to spawn.
This part of the project is being
done first to minimise disruption for
fish and other wildlife.
When it is completed in the sum-
mer of 2012, the Bulls Gorge section
of SH10 will be straighter and safer
for the community and for freight
carriers, tourists and cyclists.
Most of the work is being done
during the summer months to
reduce the risk of erosion and slips.
Some 190,000 tonnes of earth is
being excavated as part of the proj-
ect and some 45,000 locally grown
native plants will be replanted
around the highway.
NZTA spokesman Ewart
Barnsley says the agency and its
contractors recognise the import-
ance of the environment at Bulls
Gorge and are collaborating with
the Department of Conservation to
monitor and protect local wildlife
like the North Island brown kiwi,
fish and other animals as well as
flora and fauna.
The agency asks people using
SH10 to drive with care and
patience as they travel through
Bulls Gorge to protect themselves
and the construction workers.
Fishers land in hot water
Fishery officers will deal
harshly with anyone
they catch taking fish
above legal limits this
That is the Fisheries
Ministry s warning after
officers and Kaeo police
found two men at Te
Ngaere with 269 kina,
124 fish, 22 rock lobster,
undersized paua and two
illegal fishing nets
earlier this month.
The kina limit is 50 a
day per person, while the
daily rock lobster limit is
six per person.
The limit for paua is
10 a day per person and
they must measure at
least 125 millimetres
across the widest part of
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