Permanent fix for Oropi Road sinkhole

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Work will start on a permanent fix for a sinkhole which formed on Oropi Road, Tauranga, in 2019.

The sinkhole, near the Oropi Stream Bridge, was the result of erosion from the stream.

Work to fix the hole will start on Monday, January 20.

A Tauranga City Council spokesperson says it's being undertaken now to take advantage of shorter nights, drier weather and low stream levels.

The repairs are expected to take one week and will involve full and partial road closures.

"During the day traffic will be able to cross the bridge although there may be short periods of restrictions such as a lane closure or stop/go traffic control.

"At night, from 8pm to 6am, Oropi Road will be closed to traffic and pedestrians between Cheyne Road and the Oropi Stream Bridge. A detour will be in place via Oropi Gorge Road; this will be clearly sign-posted.

"Residents may hear construction noise, feel some level of vibration during the night and observe light spill from the floodlights that will be temporarily brought to the site to enable the works to be completed at a time when it will cause the least disruption to motorists."

The works involve the installation of 8m deep steel sheet piles at the Oropi end of the bridge.

This will prevent the stream from undermining the road by washing out embankment fill.

Subsequently, the road surface will be permanently reinstated following the piling."

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Posted on 22-01-2020 06:11 | By Mickeyde

It would be good if they actually stuck to the closure time. 8pm - 6am It’s 6.10 and still closed


Posted on 14-01-2020 16:26 | By Jimmmmy

the amount of roadworks that’s happened on this road the past 18 months is ridiculous. may as well change the speed limit to 30kmh permanently. as for detour through oropi gorge road - is that the best you bright minds on the council can do? ill wait for my fuel voucher in the mail - seeing as ill be adding 30 odd kilometres to my daily commute. signed, pissed off.


Posted on 14-01-2020 08:25 | By dumbkof2

A week to fix. Another case of making a job spin out so getting more money out of it.

@ By dumbkof2

Posted on 14-01-2020 00:17 | By The Caveman

Not sure about the time frame BUT I predict that it will still be a sink hole 12 months later !! Watch the HOLE !!


Posted on 13-01-2020 15:07 | By dumbkof2

well i predicted that it would take this council 6 months to fix. how long has it been

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