12 June 2017
Traffic disruptions likely with utilities infrastructure work
Another stage of the construction phase of Mataura Valley Milk’s multi-million dollar milk processing plant near Gore is about to start.
The company has announced it will start laying utilities infrastructure from the plant, at McNab just north east of Gore, into the town this month.
There will be about five kilometres of utilities. The route will follow MacGibbon Road, with trenching and drilling, and then connecting River Street to the Gore District Council’s oxidation ponds
The trench will be 2.2m wide and a minimum of 1.2m deep. The work will be done in stages and is expected to take approximately seven months.
Gore District Transport Manager Peter Standring said the Council has been working closely with the company and its contractors to ensure minimal disruption to traffic. Several initiatives have been investigated to reduce traffic delays in the main areas.
“There are sections where the trench will be on the road shoulder, which will just cause delays for traffic.
“There are also other areas where it is going to be laid down the middle of the road, which will make the road impassable.” Traffic management systems will be in place.
The Council and company were conscious of the need to keep people informed, from residents who will be directly affected and the rural delivery contractor to trucking companies and emergency services, Mr Standring said.
Mataura Valley Milk’s Project Manager Brent Robinson said the company has been talking with those people directly affected, and would initiate weekly meetings with the major stakeholders. It is also intended to put up signage in the next week at multiple points on roads feeding into this area. There were a lot of variables, such as ground conditions and weather, which could impact on how quickly the trench can be laid.
Mr Robinson said “To date the community support and willingness to help the project to succeed has been fantastic. Mataura Valley Milk are committed to delivering a facility that Gore can be proud of.”
Construction of the $200 plus million plant was on schedule for a mid-2018 opening.
The plant will primarily process fresh milk and ingredients into nutritional powders, but will also have the capability to produce standard skim milk and whole milk powders. It is expected to create about 65 new jobs.