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Upper Hutt Leader : September 28th 2011
12 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 LETTERS Muldoon's Corner - update September 2011 Our contact details For more information 0800 100 082 Helen Pinson Ph: 04 894 5229 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.nzta.govt.nz/muldoons-corner Coming up • Completing the earthworks • Completing retaining walls 1 (gabion basket wall) and retaining wall 2 (Anchored soldier pile wall) • Continuing with drainage works (rock-fall channels, kerb and channels, culverts) • Starting on the rock fall protection measures -- rock bolts, fences, mesh and shotcreteing specific cut zones. • Installing guardrail • Continuing with pavement (road construction), including surfacing -- beginning early November. Soldier, Soldier won't you marry me? You can ask, but the 24 soldiers we have up on Muldoon's aren't the marrying kind. In fact, they aren't even the human kind -- they are 11 metre long columns that form a 6 metre high, 28 metre long, retaining wall at the side of the road. These columns are called soldier piles because they stand up straight in a row -- just like well-trained soldiers standing to attention. The 600mm diameter piles are embedded 4 metres into rock and made of reinforced concrete. Rock anchors, a bit like giant nails, are drilled through the top of each soldier pile, under the road and back into the bedrock of the hillside. Each rock anchor is about 12 metres long. The piles are also linked together and capped by a 3 metre deep concrete beam which will support the finished road. When it's finished you will not be able to see the wall from the road, just the guardrail which will be in place to deflect any vehicles back onto the road should the need arise. There are other types of retaining walls being used on the project which are quicker and easier to build. However, we needed a design and method of construction at this particular location that would allow us to build the wall while still keeping two lanes available. We started building the wall in June 2011 and should finish by the end of October. Shape-shifting continues on Rimutaka Hill Road The team have straightened out another corner, and tra c has been travelling through 'Cut 700' since mid-September. The '700' denotes the distance in metres from the start of the project, just below the summit. The switch from the old road to this new section of SH2 had to be carried out in two stages and carefully timed to make sure that people travelling around the region for the Rugby World Cup were not delayed by roadworks. The team planned it perfectly and started the changeover mid- morning -- so as not to interfere with commuters -- on Tuesday, 12 September. Downhill tra c was diverted onto the new road first, with uphill tra c permanently diverted through the cutting a week later. The old road has been ripped up and filled with the remaining material from Cut 700 to match the slope of the hillside. During the coming month the team will gradually lower the road through the cutting to its final level. This will be 6 metres below that of the old road. It's our 2nd Anniversary It is just over two year's ago that the project kicked o with an iwi blessing up on the Rimutaka summit in August 2009, and a lot has been achieved since then. At the start of the project we entered into a partnering agreement with our key stakeholders. During the past two years we have maintained the relationships created by that partnership, making sure that everyone is kept informed on each aspect of the project. The team were therefore pleased to invite our partners to Muldoon's Corner for a project update and site tour to celebrate our second anniversary. Although we report monthly on elements of the project, such as the amount of earth that has been moved and the height of the cuts into the hillside, many of our partners were astounded by the sheer scale of the project once they were standing out on site. And while we are talking of soldiers.... The real kind have worked on the Rimutaka Hill road before, most recently during World War II. The New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) identified the presence of a WWII tunnel underneath the road during the consent process for the project, and highlighted the need for its protection. Soldiers dug the tunnel during WWII ready to fill with explosives, to blow up the road if the enemy invaded. NZHPT tell us that the tunnel was part of the wartime defences of Wellington, along with the more familiar pillboxes and anti-aircraft gun emplacements set at strategic points around the Wellington coast. Thorough checking ensured that the tunnel was completely empty, but it is forked and goes back farther than expected - more than 6 metres. This meant we had to slightly amend the soldier pile wall design and realign a culvert so as not to interfere with this quirky slice of history. FROM Page 10 Other places have more to contend with than this but have still managed to thrive in a recession. Porirua, Otaki, Wairarapa are all prime examples of what can be achieved with a strong vision and strong leadership. The council is paid for by ratepayers, we should have better representation than we have had. I am very sad with the way Upper Hutt has become and unless something is done soon, it will become another area that people will avoid and the only people wanting to visit, prisoners' relatives. D HENARE, Upper Hutt I have been banging on for years about the taggers. I thought I was just a cranky old bugger in the end because I was a lone voice for so long. Now I see it's not so. Others are getting fed up as well (police and council not included). Many years ago, there was a roadside market for old banger cars outside the tavern, it was ideal for getting your 15-year-old started in owning a car. At that same time used car dealers were doing it hard and didn't like these used cars being sold off the side of the road so had the council pass a bylaw that made it illegal to sell a car from there. The law was done and dusted in a matter of weeks. It's forgotten about now, as you can see by the amount old bangers turning up for sale on the side of the road again. I'm sure if the cops got off their bottoms they could enforce that law and stop people selling from the side of the road but they don't. The same would apply to the tagging. If the cops got off their whatevers, this too would stop. If a few police cars were tagged you would see a sharp decline in tagging within days. ALAN MARSHALL, Upper Hutt I fully support Ankur and Hitesh Vyas in their fight against the morons who deface properties (Leader September 21). We live nearby (Seddon St) and like many others in this street, have suffered the attention of the taggers. We notified the police, and provided photographs -- for all the good it did we may as well not have bothered. Again, like Ankur and Hitesh, when we attempted to file a complaint at the police station for property damage, no complaint forms were available -- could this be a new police initiative to reduce the number of complaints they receive? We have also received in our mailbox an anonymous note from a concerned neighbour requesting we remove or otherwise cover up the graffiti as they feel it lowers the tone of the street and impacts property values''. Sorry neighbour, but I pay (by way of tax) the dole these losers are getting. I'll pay (by way of tax, again) for the legal aid they will receive when they finally appear in court. I'll pay again (tax, but in this case I wouldn't mind) if we all get lucky and they face a tough judge, like the ones in Hastings, and receive custodial sentences. So excuse me if I don't feel like paying yet again to repaint my property and give the taggers a fresh canvas for their tiny minded expressions of immaturity. PETER JONES, Upper Hutt Fluoridation debate The sodium content of the Upper Hutt water supply is fairly high, probably due to the addition of sodium hydroxide and sodium silicofluoride. This could have significance for those trying to reduce sodium in their diet. Also, those who suffer water retention are more at risk for chemical toxicity. A comparison is made on the Te Marua water treatment plant website of Pump bottled water 7.8 mg/litre, Kiwi Blue 8.3 mg/litre with Upper Hutt water being 13 mg/litre. I note that Waiwere bottled water is only 3.4 mg/litre. KAREN AULD, Upper Hutt Automation adding to dole queue I read with interest the letter written by Laurie Bennett (September 14). I have reservations about the future as well, as so much is changing. People are losing employment when there is automation which is convenient for those of us who use it but it means that another person is out of work. We have also seen a lot of work sent overseas but the corporations who do this to so called save money'' are also adding people to the dole queue. The money is not circulated in New Zealand. To have access to work and to services there must be a continued stream of money to enable people to buy and to sell. Social and economic reform must go along with advanced technology, if it does not then we are doomed as a nation. We cannot afford to have large numbers of people unable to earn any sort of a living to be able to exist. If this happens there will be trouble and at the moment we have a lot of young people in limbo wasting their lives and their talents unable to move on and contribute to our country. A lot of the so-called bad behaviour is due to frustration and idleness. Nothing is being done by the older generation to help in any way. We have an underclass who have become alienated from surface society to contend with as well, when can we help these people to come in from the cold? It is time that the powers-that- be in this country and overseas realise that greed, and selfishness, in all walks of life is contributing to the final meltdown of not only our own country but also of other parts of the world. (Abridged) E KEATS, Upper Hutt
September 21st 2011
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