26 October 2016

Milk plant geotech investigations underway

Regular users of River Road and MacGibbon Road will notice some unusual activity over the next couple of weeks as geotech investigations are carried out for Mataura Valley Milk Ltd’s new milk processing plant.

McNeill Drilling is due to start exploratory work tomorrow (Thursday 27 October) on River Road, about 1.2km south of the Ontario Street bridge intersection.

There will be two drilling rigs taking core samples to a depth of two metres to 10 metres. The rigs will work their way northward and move on to MacGibbon Road next week.

MVM spokesperson Bernard May said the investigations were to confirm the trench design for services to the new plant.

“We will be taking drill samples at between 800m and 1.5km intervals.”

Drilling will be carried out only during daylight hours, Monday to Friday, Mr May said.

Gore District Council District Assets General Manager Paul Withers said the Council has been working closely with MVM’s contractors.

“The company has carried out a letter drop in the area and spoken to several residents to make sure those most affected know what’s going on.”

There is also a traffic management plan in place that should ensure minimal disruption to road users, Mr Withers said.

Mr May said the approach to the drilling rig would have clear signage and there will be a traffic controller managing vehicle movement.

The company expects to finish the work by 7 November.

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