Logging Trucks on the Move

Forest Owner Marketing Services has advised residents of Maungakotukutuku Road that logging will start at Price’s block on or close to March 14.

The letter from director Chris Maher told the residents, “We will endeavour to truck out the logs every second day to minimise disruption to residents.

“Hours of trucking have been voluntarily restricted to between 9am and 4pm to avoid conflict during the times people may be coming and going from work.”

There will be eight loaded trucks leaving the site every second day.

“We will be operating under a Traffic Management Plan approved by Kāpiti Coast District Council.”

“Under the TMP on any days when logging trucks are using the road, the front hill section of the road will be controlled by flagmen employed by Maverick Services to ensure there is no chance that vehicles can meet a logging truck head on.

“Traffic will be able to follow behind unladen trucks going up the hill section and behind laden trucks going down the hill section.

“The road between the top of the hill section and Price’s gate will be uncontrolled and care will need to be taken when travelling this section particularly when going around the corners on the unsealed section.

“All drivers involved with the harvesting and log cartage will be briefed on the utmost importance of driving carefully on the Maungakotukutuku Rd,” Mr Maher said.

Council’s Regulatory Manager, Ken Smith, confirmed that the Traffic Management Plan had been approved and that work carried out on a number of the corners on the road as required by the Council had been completed.

“It’s worth noting that the contractors have gone beyond the work legally required in order to address the safety issues on the road,” Mr Smith said.