Focus on pothole repairs for Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti state highways

In News1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 4, 2024

Pothole repairs are a focus on Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti state highways following torrential rain at the end of June.

State Highway 38 between Lake Waikaremoana and Frasertown remained  closed to general traffic following the weather event, with access to one lane for emergency services and residents.

While no major slips were reported over the weekend, NZTA Waka Kotahi crews are continuing to temporarily repair potholes as quickly as possible. This was also a focus during the heavy rainfall.

Crews are also continuing to monitor the network for any further damage, slips or debris.

NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi system manager Ray Edwards said it’s important to remember the repairs are only temporary, because hotter, drier weather is needed for more permanent solutions such as resealing.

“We’re strongly advising all road users to drive to the conditions when they see a pothole, slow down and when it’s safe to do so, report the pothole and its location to 0800 4 HIGHWAYS.”

Edwards said while there have been no further slips or more flooding, people need to take extreme care when driving between and around both regions.

“The roads and the surrounding land have seen a lot of rainfall – and there is still a small possibility for slips to occur. Please take your time while driving and be alert.”