Full steam ahead
Road crews in Northland are going all-out on state highway maintenance, and have already completed nearly half their summer programme of road resealing, according to the NZ Transport Agency’s Northland system manager, Jacqui Hori-Hoult.
A hundred kilometres of highway resealing had been completed across the region’s state highway network by the end of November.
“Northland has one of the country’s biggest resealing programmes, and we’re aiming to do 230km of state highway by the end of March,” Ms Hori-Hoult said.
“It’s very dependent on the weather. We’ve lost 10 work days to rain, but we learnt from last summer and started earlier this year. Our contractors brought in crews from Hamilton and Auckland, and they’ve put in a really massive effort.”
Crews were currently concentrating on SH1 from the Brynderwyn Hills to Whanga¯ rei.
Re-sealing would pause from Thursday through to January 7, but some crews would be on standby for emergency repairs and to respond to bad weather events.