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Online map shows latest slip repair details

A new online mapping tool developed by Northland’s three district councils shows the latest repair plans for the 195 remaining slips (57 in Kaipara) still affecting district roads following severe weather events that hit the region during 2022-23.

The District Road Slips map uses a ‘pin’ to show the exact location of each slip affecting the council-maintained roading network. Clicking on the pin reveals details including the type of slip, its size, what repairs are required, and whether repairs are in the planning, investigation, design or construction stage. A completion estimate is also included. The pins are colour-coded to differentiate between slips requiring complex and longer-term repairs, and those less complex sites.

The online tool is now available on the Kaipara District Council website. Anin Nama, General Manager for Infrastructure, says the Northland local road network suffered approximately $89 million worth of damage from at least 10 different significant weather events since July 2022. An estimated $34 million of this damage occurred in Kaipara, of which approximately $16.5 million of work is still to be completed.

“We have restored most roads but are still working on 57 sites in the Kaipara. To some motorists, it may seem like very little is happening to address these remaining slips. That is not the case. Some of these sites are very complex with significant engineering, planning and funding questions that must be resolved before contractors can start working on repairs. The reality is that it will take another year or more to start some repairs.”

He says the District Road Slips map provides motorists with at-a-glance plans for repairs to routes they regularly travel on, and for all other district roads impacted by slips in Northland.

The District Road Slips map was created in-house by the three councils and uses data provided by the Northland Transportation Alliance (NTA) on roads maintained by the three councils.

The NTA is a collaboration between Northland councils and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to deliver joined up services for roading and transportation in Northland. Information on slips affecting the state highway network can be found on the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency website.


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