The man who led a consortium of contractors wanting to reopen the Manawatū Gorge road within two years is “bamboozled” by transport officials’ rejection of the plan.

Consortium spokesman Les Fugle was  convinced it would be at least $100 million cheaper, and three years faster to complete, than all four proposals on the NZ Transport Agency’s shortlist.

The group’s idea was to raise the gorge road by 15 metres with the loose rock and dirt from the cliff face, and cut a “safety zone” to contain future slips.


The final four possible alternatives to the Manawatū Gorge road, narrowed from a list of 13 potential options.


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