Fum­ing mo­torists get ‘nasty’ at road­works

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JESSY ED­WARDS and MICHAEL FORBES

Road­work­ers be­tween Plim­mer­ton and Pukerua have been cop­ping abuse from irate mo­torists, un­happy at be­ing forced to crawl along State High­way 1 at 15kmh dur­ing rush hour.

The road rage boiled over last Tues­day, when NZ Trans­port Agency be­gan resur­fac­ing the road.

They got off to a bad start be­cause of the 28-de­gree heat, which stopped the road seal from set­ting, and meant the work was not fin­ished come the evening rush.

Com­muters head­ing to­wards the Kapiti Coast found them­selves be­ing slowed to about 15kmh through what is nor­mally a 100kmh zone – and some did not re­act well.

Otaki res­i­dent Gary Mabey, who was caught in the grid­lock, said driv­ers were pushed to the point of abus­ing road­work­ers.

‘‘Peo­ple were ab­so­lutely fu­ri­ous. They were be­ing very nasty and cross, pulling the fin­gers, flash­ing their lights,’’ he said.

Neil Walker, the Trans­port Agency’s Welling­ton high­ways man­ager, said the con­trac­tors had been ‘‘caught out’’ by the heat.

He said that some con­trac­tors had been abused, and that they acted pro­fes­sion­ally in deal­ing with it.

Com­muters aren’t happy with the resur­fac­ing tak­ing place on State High­way 1 be­tween Plim­mer­ton and Pukerua Bay.

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