Work begins on Lowe Road

Work is underway on a significant flood-damaged section of Lowe Road near Waimana, as part of a joint Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Whakatāne District Council project to provide safer road access for local residents.

The section had been badly eroded in the April 2017 flood events and scoured away to such an extent that the road surface itself was impacted.

Since the flood sections of the road have had to be narrowed with cones and orange mesh fences --where the road shoulder has been completely eroded away.

Regional Council Flood Recovery Project Manager Paula Chapman says it's one of regional council's high priority repair sites and part of an $11.47m budget it has set aside for the 2018/19 year.

Whakatāne District Council Transportation Manager Martin Taylor says the rural road is an important link between Waimana and communities up the Matahī Valley.

Both councils are now working to reinstate the road shoulder and strengthen the river bank.

Sam Gardner