The beach community is reconnected with the rest of Auckland. The floodwaters were severely damaged. A main road.
A storm on August 30 and 31. West Auckland saw heavy rain., Along with part of Bethells Rd, in Bethells Beach, washing.
On Friday, Auckland Transport said the road would reopen to residents at 5 p.m., as contractors rebuilt it using 1,000 tons of rock in one week.
Mayor Phil Goff said it was “important” to reunite the Beatles Beach community with the rest of Auckland.
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“Isolation without a road connection creates serious problems for any community,” Goff said.
“AT and [construction company] Fulton Hogan worked tirelessly to restore the road as soon as possible.
“I thank them for their efforts, working through the bad weather and the obstacles imposed by the Cove 19 Alert Level 4.”
Mark Allen, a member of the Whitaker Ranges Local Board and a resident of Bethels Beach, said people living on the side of the damaged road were happy to see him recover.
“We are a very self-sufficient community, but it is important that we go out to the supermarket, to the doctor and even to the quaid vaccination.”
Some work remained to be done and the road would remain sealed until at least Sunday, when the sealing was planned.
As of Friday, four other roads in West Auckland remained closed due to storm damage.
These are Hinga Rd from Falls Rd to Aio Wira Rd, No. 81 from Whatipu Rd, Mountain Rd from No. 148 to Turanga Rd and Lone Kauri Rd from No. 38.
AT said that when they closed, only a few homes were affected – in contrast to the situation at Bethel Beach.