Road­work sum­mer sea­son starts

Waipa Post - - News -

NZTA trans­port sys­tem man­ager Karen Boyt says the sum­mer road­works sea­son will be start­ing this week and will in­volve road re­con­struc­tion, resur­fac­ing and other main­te­nance work car­ried out on State High­ways through­out the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

“We’ll be de­liv­er­ing a large amount of road­works within the re­gion this sea­son to im­prove the roads, in­crease safety and make peo­ple’s jour­neys more en­joy­able,” says Karen.

“We’re start­ing early this year to en­sure we can get plenty of work done be­fore busy hol­i­day travel pe­ri­ods around Christ­mas and New Year’s, when we don’t carry out any work.

“The resur­fac­ing work in par­tic­u­lar will im­prove con­di­tions, and make the roads safer for ev­ery­one.”

Karen says warmer spring and sum­mer months are the best time for resur­fac­ing as day­light hours are longer and the warm tem­per­a­tures and dry air help the new seal stick to the road sur­face.

The Trans­port Agency is also urg­ing peo­ple to be aware of road work­ers and to com­ply with tem­po­rary speed re­stric­tions through work sites to keep them safe.

“Keep­ing your speed down where seal­ing work is un­der­way or has just been com­pleted not only helps to set­tle in the new road sur­face, it will also pre­vent stone chips fly­ing into wind­screens and pro­tect our crews from in­juries.”

Up­dates on spe­cific work sites will be pro­vided through­out the road­works sea­son on our web­site and so­cial me­dia.

“While we will try to keep in­con­ve­niences and de­lays to a min­i­mum, we urge peo­ple to be pa­tient and plan their jour­neys to ac­count for some de­lays from road works,” Says Karen.

■ The NZTA Jour­ney Plan­ner web­site is a great tool which in­cludes in­ter­ac­tive maps, work­sites, area warn­ings, traf­fic up­dates and state high­ways road works in­for­ma­tion: www.jour­neys.nzta.govt.nz

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