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Planned Works

Listed below are scheduled and current planned works in our district:

11 June 2021

Mill Street, Marton - Water Main Renewal

Council will be renewing a section of the water main on Wellington Road / Mill Street intersection from Monday 14 June 2021 to Friday 18 June 2021.

During this period access to Mill St from Wellington Road will be closed and one lane will be open to exit Mill Street.

There will be full traffic management on-site during this time.


11 June 2021

Tutaenui Reservoir Pedestrian Bridge replacement.

Edifice Structures will be onsite at Tutaenui Reservoir next week - Monday 14 June to Friday 25 June to undertake replacement of the pedestrian bridge across the Marton B Dam spillway. The area around the bridge will be closed to the public during construction.

The period of closure will be from Monday 14 June to Friday 25 June, but may be completed sooner. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


18 May 2021

Tutaenui Road Water Shutdown

Previously planned water shutdown for Tutaenui Road between Jeffersons Line-Snellgrove Road on the 28 April has been rescheduled for 18 May 2021.

Water will be shutdown between the hours of 8pm and 6am

The purpose of this shutdown is to connect the new 375mm water trunk main onto the existing network

Date: 18/05/21
Duration: 8pm-6am
Contractor: Downer NZ
Location: Tutaenui Road between Jeffersons Line-Snellgrove Road

Residents may experience low water pressure over night and are asked to flush water to remove any discolouration before use.


28 April 2021

Pedestrian Crossing Maintenance Work

Loaders Whanganui wish to advised maintenance work will take place on Thursday 29 April 2021 from 8.30am-3pm to Follett Street Pedestrian Crossing.

This involves the removal and replacing of pavers to correct the level. Traffic will be one way on Follett Street between Broadway and Stewart Street. Flow of traffic will be from Broadway to Stewart Street.

If you have any enquiries contact Loaders - 06 348 9034.


21 April 2021

Downer NZ are planning to have shutdown on the main water trunk line at Tutaenui Road between Jeffersons Line-Snellgrove Road on the 28 April.

Water will be shutdown between the hours of 8pm and 6am

The purpose of this shutdown is to connect the new 375mm water trunk main onto the existing network

  • Date: 28/04/21
  • Duration: 8pm-6am
  • Contractor: Downer NZ
  • Location: Tutaenui Road between Jeffersons Line-Snellgrove Road

Residents may experience low water pressure over night and are asked to flush water to remove any discolouration before use.


25 February 2021

Broadway Roundabout and Follett Street

Asphalting and Milling Night Works

Thursday 25 February - Tuesday 2 March between 6pm and 6am

Please make sure your vehicle is not parked on the street, or carpark on the above day
. If your vehicle is in the way it may have to be towed. If the towing operator is not able to return your car to where it was found, they are required to leave it in the nearest available park. If your car is missing, first check near by streets before calling the contractor named below.

  • Please warn your children of the dangers posed by road works.
  • Ensure that they stand well back from the action and that they follow the directions of the workers.
  • It is also a good idea to keep pets indoors while work is in progress.
  • Roadwork is a noisy, dirty business – but please bear with us. We will be doing all we can to minimize the impact on your household and business. Your co-operation and patience will help us get the work done as quickly as possible.
  • Please be careful not to walk on new seal as it can get stuck on your shoes and walked onto your carpets. Bitumen can be removed from soles of shoes using kerosene, turpentine or a product called De Solve It.
  • Bitumen, concrete and other road repair materials require a bit of “Tender Loving Care” after they are applied. Please treat all new surfaces with extra care for the two weeks following the completion of the work. Avoid excessive speed, sharp turns and heavy braking.

All new roadwork is routinely monitored and in some cases workers may need to return to the site to do things like sweeping and repainting road markings.

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work will be postponed until the next suitable day/time.

The Rangitikei District Council has contracted Higgins Contractors Limited to do this work.

For further information about this project, please contact

Aby Saji, Higgins Contractor Ltd. 027 29 15088


11 February 2021

Kuripapango Bridge, Taihape Road - Major ROAD CLOSURE

HPMV Strengthening Works Starting

Update: 29 March

The Kuripapango bridge will be open to cars and vehicles under 22 tonnes during all public holidays.

This includes the upcoming holidays on: Friday 2 April, Monday 5 April (Easter weekend) and Monday 26 April (Anzac day).

For full bridge closure and opening times, please find below a link to the Hastings District Council;

https://www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/hastings/projects/kuripapango/


Kuripapango Bridge on the Hastings/Taihape Rd is to be closed to daytime traffic on weekdays for three months for strengthening work to be undertaken, in line with Government requirements.

The bridge, which is located about 57kms from Hastings city, will be closed and work begin on Monday, March 1, the project expected to take until May 31.

The specific details are below:

  • The planned closure dates will be from 1 March – 31 May.
  • The bridge will be FULLY closed from 9am to 6pm on Mondays and Fridays and 7am to 6pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – but will be open to vehicles weighing under 22 tonnes in the weekends.
  • In addition, vehicles under 22 tonnes (eg car, ute, trailer, empty truck) can use the bridge at night between 6pm and 9am Mondays and Fridays, and between 6pm and 7am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Once the strengthening is complete, this completes the HPMV status of Taihape Road from our boundary (Kuripapango Bridge) to all the way to Hastings. The work is needed to comply with the Government’s Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimension and Mass 2016, which meant roads and bridges must accommodate greater vehicle weights and dimensions than previously.

More information


2 February 2021

Tutaenui Road Watermain Renewal

Downer NZ will soon begin works on the construction of a new 375mm Watermain on Tutaenui Road between Jeffersons Line and Snellgrove Road, approximately 450m in length.

Construction is due to commence the week starting 9 February and is due for completion in early April 2021.

Temporary Traffic management will be required during this time and may include, traffic lights and/or the use of manual traffic control (stop/go). Access to both private and commercial properties will be unrestricted.

During the construction, water will be required to be turned off for periods of time, this will mainly occur during night time hours. Advanced notice will be given to residents prior to these events occurring.

Should you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Project Supervisor Jason Sturzaker on 06 349 2510 or jason.sturzaker@downer.co.nz A/H 027 226 7719


29 January 2021

Scotts Ferry Stormwater Upgrade

Loaders Wanganui has been contracted by the Rangitīkei District Council to complete works on the C1103 Scott’s Ferry Stormwater Upgrade

The purpose of these works is to deliver better stormwater solutions to address surface flooding that is prone in this area should the river level exceed the height of the Horizons Stop Bank

This contract involves Drainage works of 1300m of subsoil drain from one end of the town to the other (both sides) as well as some pipe works that come across the road. At no stage will the road be completely blocked off and there will be one lane open at all time.

Due to the cancellation of an existing contract, we now have the ability to establish on site sooner than anticipated. The works will now commence on Wednesday the 3 February and have a proposed completion date of approximately 29 March 2021.

Traffic Management will be set up for the duration of the contract and our team will limit disruption to residents where possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and assure you that every care and consideration is being taken to minimize disruption.

Please do not hesitate to contact the contractors if you have any questions or concerns relating to the site.

Justin Loader, Contract Manager - 027 496 4291, justin.loader@loaders.co.nz
Sheridan Baker, Site Foreman Whanganui - 027 642 4404, 06 348 9034(office)




18 NOVEMBER

Hunterville Cemetery Sealing

The Hunterville Cemetery will be resealed from the 23 November 2020. Higgins will be applying a second coat of seal to vehicle access ways throughout the cemetery. This is to ensure longevity of the surface - the initial resealing took place 2 or 3 years ago. Council anticipate this will take 1-2 days to complete.


28 OCTOBER 2020

Powerco Hunterville Project

Powerco is conducting a maintenance project replacing poles and lines in your area from 3 November through to December. The work is important to ensuring safe, reliable and efficient power supply. The work along Ongo and Turakina Valley Roads will require planned outages and traffic management to allow field crews to work safely. More details are available here >


5 JUNE 2020

Water Shutdown - Falling Main Taihape

ID Loader will be undertaking a water leak investigation and repair on the Taihape Falling Main. This will take place on Wednesday, 10 June 2020. The water supply will be off from 7.30am and be back on by 5pm. NOTE: This shutdown will only affect a small amount of residents that have been contacted. The main township will still have water supply.


22 MAY 2020

Mangaweka Ultra-fast Fibre Network

Work is to start soon in Mangaweka to build the Chorus ultrafast broadband fibre network.

Start date: June 2020
Finish date: August 2020

Note: Reinstatement of the affected ground is usually 4 to 6 weeks. Initially the ground will be reinstated it to a safe standard, then when the network is confirmed to be working, the affected ground area will be reinstated to council standards.


1 MAY 2020

Recommencement of State Highway Maintenance: Bulls

Essential maintenance work is about to recommence on SH1 and 3 through Bulls township from Monday 4 May until Saturday 16 May (weather permitting).

Work will include day works for the first 7-day period and night works for the second 7-day period, as follows;

  • Day works from Monday 4 May until Friday the 8 May, 8am – 6pm
  • Night works from Sunday 10 May until Saturday 16 May, 7pm - 5:30am
  • Works will not occur during daytime hours on Saturdays or Sundays

Detours will be in place for all vehicles with the exclusion of emergency services:
Please see detours maps for more information.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these closures.

Contractors: Higgins Contractors Limited

For more information please contact HNO-PN@nzta.govt.nz.


29 April 2020

Chimney at Taihape Grandstand to be Demolished

The brick chimney located at the Taihape grandstand is an earthquake risk and needs to be demolished. Due to COVID-19 requirements this work was delayed, and will now take place during the week of 4 May by Crimpy’s Contracting.