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Harleynut, your work is done

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Harleynut, your work is done

Harley, it looks likely your tunnel expansion will be extended...

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Homer Tunnel may be widened

The eastern portal of the Homer Tunnel. Photo by Craig Baxter. The New Zealand Transport Agency is considering widening the Homer Tunnel on the Milford road (State Highway 94) between Te Anau and Milford Sound.

Meeting the Queenstown Lakes District Council's utilities committee yesterday, NZTA regional director Bruce Richards said the agency was investigating options for improving safety at the Homer Tunnel.

"I would like to see the tunnel widened. It is important to tourism in the area, but it is also a matter of safety. One day there could be another bus fire in there, and a wider tunnel would allow for a pedestrian walkway along the side, to be used in case of an emergency," Mr Richards said.

The work is still at the planning stage, with the initial investigation scheduled to be completed in October.

After the meeting, he told the Otago Daily Times the NZTA had been presented with various options for improving safety in the tunnel, but said widening it appeared to be the "preferred option so far", although no final decision has been made yet.

After October, a tender process for the design of any chosen upgrade will be carried out, and funding would have to be allocated.

Mr Richards indicated work on the tunnel could start within the next financial year.

The Homer Tunnel runs beneath the Homer Saddle within Fiordland National Park.

Construction began in 1934 and, following delays during World War 2 and for avalanche damage, it opened in 1953.

The 1.27km long tunnel has a 10% gradient and varies in width from 6.5m to 7.5m.

At the height of the summer tourism season it is used by more than 100 tour buses a day.

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11. Re: Harleynut, your work is done

In order to have the bars certied by the Food Safety Authority so they can be exported into the EU, the sandflies/mossies will need to be caught live. So no more swatting them as they chomp into your leg!

I am sure if we get together over some Central Otago Pinot, (not that far away) we will come up with a solution to these minor problems.

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12. Re: Harleynut, your work is done

Sounds good. You bring the wine, and I'll bring the sandflies :)

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13. Re: Harleynut, your work is done

Of course, Mike.

Caught live at dusk in patented black lace midgie nets by Te Anau virgins. Lightly killed and place to rest in the sweetest of rose flavoured silken toffee. Caressed into bite-sized morsels and lovingly wrapped in crimson edible cellophane for your private enjoyment.

Ka-ching! I can hear the cash registers already!

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14. Re: Harleynut, your work is done

Might be difficult HN, Te Anau virgins are an endangered species,

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15. Re: Harleynut, your work is done

no worries about the 'Tea-Are-now virgins'......rumour has it that there are 72 in heaven

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16. Re: Harleynut, your work is done

Are they... Nah. Better leave it alone :-)

Edited: 21 June 2010, 14:38
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