27 Jul 2010

More than $3 million damage to Gisborne roads

10:00 pm on 27 July 2010

The cost of repairing damage to roads in the Gisborne East Coast region has passed three million dollars in the wake of heavy rain there this month.

Parts of the region received more than 300 millimetres of rain in just a couple of days.

The cost of damage to the district council controlled rural network stands at $2.7 million.

The state highway network bill is about $500,000.

A council roading engineer says a lot of the permanent repair work will have to wait until the summer months when the ground has dried out.

A lot of slips are still active and they are concentrating on keeping the roads open.

There is also damage to two bridges on the east coast.

A transport agency spokesperson says the highway repairs work is ongoing with nothing major, but that a lot of smaller jobs have added up in cost.