Crews using two portable geotechnical rigs have begun taking core samples along the preferred corridor of the new State Highway 3 replacement for the Manawatu Gorge.
Lonnie Dalzell, the NZ Transport Agency's Manawatu Gorge project manager, says this is an
important part of the investigation process and an exciting step forward for the project.
The samples taken will be used to get a better understanding of geology of the area and this
information will help inform the detailed design process.
In March, NZTA selected the preferred corridor from four options. It would run from near the Te
Apiti carpark western entry of the closed Manawatu Gorge, cross the Ruahine Ranges north of the gorge, before emerging at Woodville.
Dalzell says The Transport Agency project team is working on the planning and procurement of the next phases of the project with the construction of the new road scheduled to begin in 2020, and be completed by 2024.