Road noise complaint dismissed
Complaints to NZTA from Tairua residents and businesses about a noisy road surface have so far fallen on deaf ears.
The new road surface was laid on Main Rd in the Coromandel Peninsula town in December last year.
In January, many residents living on the road complained to the New Zealand Transport Agency about the increase in road noise.
Despite initially saying they would resurface the road this month, NZTA has now decided against it.
Resident and Harbour View Bed & Breakfast owner Chris Watton said concerned residents first met with NZTA representatives in June.
‘‘They agreed that it did need to be resealed and they would get it done in October,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s still ongoing, we thought we’d have it all sorted by now but they’re determined to prove that they don’t need to do the work properly.’’
About 40 residents met again with the NZTA during a heated public meeting in Tairua on October 17.
Watton said NZTA told the group their road noise testing showed the noise of cars travelling at 50km/h at road level was 95 decibels.
NZTA told the crowd that they expected noise levels to be reduced by half inside homes.
However, Watton said noise levels recorded inside his home were much higher.
‘‘The lowest volume I’ve found in any of my bedrooms is 65, and that’s with all the doors and windows shut. Outside it’s 85 and in the front rooms it’s 75 all the time,’’ he said.
‘‘They’ve got a lot of explaining to do [about] how come their indications said it should be 55 and in fact we’re 75.’’
Noise readings taken before the new seal was laid showed there had been an average increase in road noise of about 20db with the new seal, he said.
The increased noise level had affected many tourism businesses on the road and those on the hill above the road, including his business, he said.
Tairua resident Chris Watton.