SH1 road works big dis­rup­tion

Ex­pect de­lays, NZTA warns

Otago Daily Times - - FRONT PAGE - JONO ED­WARDS

THE NZ Trans­port Agency is urg­ing driv­ers to be pa­tient with de­lays over the next six weeks as it hopes to com­plete a ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant’’ pro­gramme of road works on State High­way 1 in Otago be­fore Christ­mas.

NZTA sys­tem man­ager Graeme Hall said there would be a lot of work in that time, es­pe­cially on the high­way be­tween Palmer­ston and Mil­ton.

‘‘Last sea­son with weather and other fac­tors we didn’t get it all com­plete, so we’ve car­ried for­ward some projects.

‘‘With that in mind our sup­plier is try­ing to get the ma­jor­ity of that work done prior to Christ­mas.’’

The work would cause dis­rup­tions, so the agency ad­vised driv­ers to ‘‘be pa­tient and al­low plenty of time,’’ he said.

‘‘They can go on to the web­site which lists the works that will have some rea­son­able de­lays.’’

Most of the pro­gramme had al­ready be­gun.

As­phalt resur­fac­ing in Dunedin’s one­way sys­tem had started, but there would be more work to come, he said.

‘‘We’ve al­ready com­pleted Cum­ber­land St by the BP Sta­tion. We’re un­der­tak­ing the ma­jor­ity at night where we can.’’

Four crews in Palmer­ston, Pat­mos Ave on the Dunedin North­ern Mo­tor­way, Bal­clutha and SH8 near Lawrence would also be work­ing on gran­u­lar over­lay where the pave­ment was worn or bumpy.

An­other project through­out this pe­riod was the treat­ment of cracked or worn pave­ment on SH1 be­tween Oa­maru and Bal­clutha. Flood dam­age be­tween Palmer­ston and Wai­hola was be­ing fixed.

Re­seal­ing work would need to be done on SH83 be­tween Kurow and Pukeuri and on SH1 be­tween Oa­maru and Bal­clutha.

The Beau­mont Bridge would need deck plank re­place­ment and main­te­nance and the Shag River Bridge, north of Palmer­ston, would need con­crete cracks sealed to stop wa­ter get­ting in, he said.

‘‘The pub­lic will be no­ti­fied ahead of time as there will be short road clo­sures.’’

Plus there would also be de­lays from Dunedin’s Waik­ouaiti wa­ter main re­newal, the NZTA’s oneway streets cy­cle­way project and South­ern Mo­tor­way Safety Im­prove­ments.

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