Longer days start summer road resurfacing season
The start of daylight saving signals the start of the NZ Transport Agency’s (NZTA) summer roadworks programme north of Auckland.
In all, the plan will be to resurface 215 lane kilometres of state highway in Northland over the 2019/20 season, with 105 lane kilometres of that before Christmas, says the Transport Agency’s senior system manager, Wayne Oldfield.
“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.
Mr Oldfield says the NZTA will be delivering a large amount of road works within the region this season to improve the roads, increase safety and make people’s journeys more enjoyable.
“We sometimes do road works overnight or on weekends to minimise disruption for customers on roads with very high traffic volumes. We’ll stop most work before busy holiday travel periods like Christmas and New Year to minimise disruption to your journey.”
The season kicked off in Warkworth last week with resurfacing along SH1 between Woodcocks Road and Hudson Road. The work will take place at night between 6pm and 6am on Sunday to Thursday nights and take about three weeks. State highway traffic will be reduced to one lane under stop/go control at times and there will be three nights of detours while the Hill St intersection is resealed.
Other local main work sites before Christmas include multiple sites of resealing south of Whangarei on SH1 and SH16, SH1 just north of Wellsford, SH1 south of Warkworth at Moir Rd intersection and at Schedaways Hill, north of Puhoi.
Mr Oldfield says the road repair and resurfacing will improve conditions and make the roads safer for everyone, but everyone has a role to play in keeping all road users and especially the road workers safe.
“Most temporary work sites just have orange road cones marking the lanes and they provide no protection against speeding or distracted drivers. Please slow down, stick to the speed limit, leave two car lengths space between you and the vehicle ahead and be patient.”
Travellers are being urged to be patient, plan their journey and allow extra time.
View planned road works ahead of your journey by checking the NZTA real time journey planner journeys.nzta.govt.nz, which includes worksites, area warnings, traffic updates and state highway road works information.