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Council closes Oropi Road

Oropi road closed. Image Daniel Hines/SunLive

Oropi Road between Cheyne Road and the Oropi Stream Bridge will be closed from 12:30pm for repair works to reopen both lanes.

The road is expected to reopen by 4pm today.

Detour signs are in place to redirect vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians will still have access.

As soon as the repair works are finished, the temporary traffic management will be removed.

A temporary 50kph speed limit will be in place.

Last night the sinkhole near the Oropi Stream Bridge reopened.

The likely cause of this was a tear in the protective fabric, which combined with the high tide, heavy rainfall and increased streamflow, allowed further erosion, a council spokesperson says.

Once the council were notified, the affected part of the road was restricted to a single lane under temporary traffic management, including reduction in the speed limit from 80kph to 30kph.

Engineers will continue to monitor and inspect the road on a weekly basis and work with the council to find a permanent solution.

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Posted on 05-09-2019 15:29 | By tish

hasn’t a permanent solution already been applied? The bridge isn’t going anywhere and the high traffic need for it isn’t changing, that it was ever allowed to occur is in itself an issue. "Engineers will continue to monitor and inspect the road on a weekly basis and work with the council to find a permanent solution." - just more mealy-mouthed councilspeak for "we aren’t taking care of business".