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Over the 2012 vintage, Marlborough Roads has been called out to just three grape spills on district roads and state highways. This is a dramatic and most pleasing drop in the number of incidents compared with previous years.
This years’ clean-up cost for the three spills is estimated at less than $2000. Some of this cost will be recovered through operators’ insurances leaving very minimal costs for the Council or Marlborough Roads.
In past vintages, clean-up costs have been about $15,000.
The good safety record for this year has saved public money to the equivalent cost of re-sealing about half a kilometre of roading.
Marlborough Roads manager Frank Porter says the work the viticulture industry has put into achieving excellent operator practices and providing better vehicles has really hit the mark this vintage.