Fuming motorists get ‘nasty’ at roadworks
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.