Roadworks on the Maungatapu roundabout from Monday
Work to reseal the State Highway 29A Maungatapu roundabout will begin on Monday.
Contractors may be on site to set up from Sunday, April 19, ahead of the work Monday to complete a full reseal of the roundabout.
The work is expected to take five days to complete says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
Resealing the Maungatapu roundabout is required now to ensure the road is in a safe condition heading into winter, says NZTA Bay of Plenty system manager, Rob Campbell.
“The skid resistance of the roundabout has reached a stage where it must be replaced as soon as possible. If we were to leave this work until after winter, it would pose a safety risk to road users.”
Completing the work during winter conditions would hinder the new seal’s ability to stick to the road surface and increase the likelihood of pot holes and other defects says Rob.
From Sunday, contractors will be on site between 6am and 6pm. During the works Stop/Go traffic management will be operating, and a 30km/h temporary speed limit will be in place at all times until works are complete.
Delays are expected to be minor due to the lower number of vehicles on the road.
This work is weather dependent and will be delayed if conditions are poor.
Rob asks people to be patient and respectful to roadworkers and look out for their safety and wellbeing.
“Please remember they are carrying out essential work to keep us all safe.
“Only head out for essential supplies or services, otherwise, please stay safe, and stay home.
“If you are using the roads during this period remember to comply with any temporary speed reductions through roadworks to keep roadworkers safe. They are doing vital work and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.”
Rob says that while NZTA does its best to provide up-to-date information, given the current operating environment under the COVID-19 alert system Level 4 some road works may change at short notice, and people are encouraged to visit the Waka Kotahi’s Journey Planner website for real time information about their journeys.