Road maintenance season under way in the Bay of Plenty

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 2, 2020

State highways across the Bay of Plenty will be repaired and resealed over coming months, with the NZ Transport Agency‘s spring/summer road maintenance programme kicking off this month.

Bay of Plenty transport system manager Rob Campbell says the NZTA will be delivering a large number of roadworks within the region this season to improve the roads, increase safety and make people‘s journeys more enjoyable.

“Warmer spring and summer months are the best time for resurfacing as daylight hours are longer and the warm temperatures and dry air help the new seal stick to the road surface.”

Some of the region‘s significant work sites this season will include SH5 Dansey to Dalbeth Roads (Ngongotaha) and SH2 east of Wharere Road (Pongakawa), as well as various safety works continuing along SH2 between Waihi and Omokoroa, and on SH33 between Paengaroa and Rotorua.

The maintenance season is starting earlier this year due to the volume of work.

“The NZTA is committed to ensuring that our state highways remain safe and resilient.

“Last year we delivered our biggest ever annual maintenance programme. This year we will be implementing more short-term and cost-effective repair solutions, such as pothole repairs and localised patching work, rather than more significant maintenance improvements. This should result in less disruption on the network for motorists.”

Despite the significant roadworks programme, most work will stop before busy holiday travel periods like Labour Weekend, Christmas and New Year, to minimise disruption to people‘s journeys.

“While we try to keep inconveniences and delays to a minimum, we urge people to plan their journeys and allow for some delays from road works.

“We want to keep everyone safe when driving through road work sites, and that includes our road workers. Please slow down, leave space and be patient through road works.”