Hutt News : September 27th 2011
33 HUTT NEWS, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 www.huttcity.govt.nz 1 for Civil Defence Emergency Information Up-to-the-minute info on any Hutt City emergency. 2 for Animal Ser vices Dog registration dates, Animal Services' hours. 3 for Rubbish, recycling and landfills Water restrictions, rubbish and recycling collection days and times, landfill hours. 4 for Libraries Library locations and hours. 5 for Sports and swimming pools Sports ground closures, pool hours. 6 for Events and leisure Event cancellations. 7 for Museums and Visitor Centre Locations and opening hours. 8 for Council and Committee meetings Locations and times. 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We want quality, working: DVDs, CDs, Laptops, Desktop computers, any modern TV, DVD players, Gaming consoles. STOCK WANTED 3629258AH Krystal's legacy -- at last! Never forgotten: Sharlene and Malcolm Barnett with the cross they returned to the River Rd on September 16. By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Mrs Barnett said the cost of losing their daughter was astronomical'' and no family should have to be put through what we have''. The Taupo couple who lost a daughter on the River Rd hope the barrier they spent years campaigning for means no-one will ever face what they have been through. Krystal Bennett, 18, died in a head-on crash six years ago. On September 16 her mother and stepfather, Shar- lene and Malcolm Barnett, returned to Upper Hutt to see her legacy, the completed bar- rier, re-erect a cross in her memory and plant a cherry tree at the place where she died. On Monday, September 5, 2005, Miss Bennett was driv- ing to her Stokes Valley home after finishing work at Upper Hutt s Dick Smith store when a car, driven by a woman on P, crossed the centre line. Miss Bennett died at the scene. Kahn Edwards, 12, a pass- enger in the other car, also died. The driver of the car was later jailed. The ceremony earlier this month was attended by mayor Wayne Guppy, Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins, and officials from the NZ Transport Agency (successor of Transit New Zealand), contractor Fulton Hogan and Opus Inter- national Consultants, which designed and managed the $5.2 million project. Cherry tree planted The couple planted a cherry blossom, Prunus campanulata superba, because Krystal loved the one at her Taupo home and it flowers in the month when she died. It will also attract tui, the couple said, as a bellbird fed in a nearby tree and sang its way through the planting cer- emony. The couple said they did not want their daughter to be just another road statistic . They wrote to the chief executive of Transit New Zea- land (then in charge of state highways such as the River Rd) who replied that a rumble line would be sufficient. The couple began their own research, some involving the Eastern Hutt Rd, which they sent to coroner Garry Evans, who had decided an inquest was not needed. He changed his mind and later said something should be done about the River Rd. Transit investigations fol- lowed and the Barnetts began their campaign. If the median barrier were there, Krystal would be here, Mrs Barnett said on Friday. Once a decision was made to install a barrier on the sec- tion south of the Moonshine Bridge, earthworks were delayed until land was bought on the western side. More barriers sought Mrs Barnett says all main highways should have median barriers. You can be innocent. It s always someone else who does the damage. Mrs Barnett said the cost of losing their daughter was astronomical and no family should have to be put through what we have . There was so much going for her youngest child, she said. A few days after Miss Bennett s death they learned she had been named number 57 in the top 100 of the 1400 Dick Smith sales staff. Born and raised in Taupo, she had left home earlier in the year and flatted in Stokes Valley, near her grandparents. Transport Minister Steven Joyce congratulated the couple for their perseverance. The River Rd carries high volumes of traffic and was now much more forgiving of the failure of people when they make poor decisions, he said. Mark Owen, NZTA oper- ations manager for Welling- ton, said there were seven head-on crashes on the stretch of road in the five years before the project began. Two of those crashes caused deaths. The work includes wider shoulders, new guardrails and drainage. The regional director cen- tral for NZTA, Jenny Chetwynd, said safety improvements for the River Rd north of Whakatiki St are still being investigated. Waikanae link to Hutt still month off By COLIN WILLIAMS The first of the three replacement bridges in the Akatarawa Valley is up and open, but the section of road to Waikanae will remain closed for at least another month. The new reinforced concrete two-lane bridge was opened for traffic about a fort- night ago. The opening of the bridge, if not the road itself, is a big step in the $4.5 million proj- ect which began in April to replace the three decaying and unsafe 1920s structures. The construction work, by Brian Perry Civil Ltd, will be completed by the end of the year in a project funded by Upper Hutt City Council and Land Transport New Zea- land on a 45-55 percentage share. Access over the first completed bridge, the closest of the three to the Upper Hutt side of the valley road, had been by a Bailey bridge in the past few months while construction was under way. This has been removed to allow com- pletion of the construction of the approach on the northern side of the bridge. The approaches to the bridge on both sides have still got to be tidied, city infra- structure director Lachlan Wallach says. Construction work is continuing at the site, so care still needs to be taken when travelling along this stretch of road. The work means there will be no vehicle access over the scenic valley road from Waikanae to Upper Hutt until the second half of October at the earliest, as the work on second and third bridges is completed. Temporary foot and bicycle access over these two river crossings remains in place, Mr Wallach says. Work on the second bridge is coming on fast but it will not be open to the public till the third bridge is, he says. A council notice to valley residents says the bridge is expected to be usable by vehicle traffic by early October. However, the bridge will remain closed to public vehicles as it does not provide any additional access along the road and the restricted road width beyond that point means that private vehicles would hinder construction work.
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