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Resurfacing works to start on WBOP highways

The programme is planned so disruption to road users is minimised, says the roading agency. File photo.

Resurfacing works are due to being across the Western Bay of Plenty, with surfacing works on State Highway 2, between Waihi and Bethlehem, starting next week.

Works will also take place on State Highway 36 in the Pyes Pa area, SH2 near Pukehina and State Highway 33 between Paengaroa and Okere Falls in November and December.

The works are part of the Waka Kotahi Transport Agency annual road maintenance programme, which will see repairs and reseals undertaken to ensure the safety and resilience of the state highway network.

Bay of Plenty System Manager Rob Campbell says resurfacing is required to maintain adequate skid resistance and waterproofing qualities for the roads.

“It is vital that road users adhere to the temporary lower speed limits through the work sites and, and for three days after the sealing while the chip is bedding in, to prevent damage to the newly sealed surface.

“Road sealing works must be undertaken in summer, as the warm temperatures and dry air helps the seal stick properly to the existing road surface.”

The programme is planned so disruption to road users is minimised. Night works, avoiding peak times and local events, such as Christmas parades, are taken into consideration, says  statement from the roading agency.

“However, these works will cause delays and motorists should allow more time for their journeys, reduce their speed and follow directions of traffic management staff and signage.”

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work will be postponed. Visit the interactive Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website (journeys.nzta.govt.nz) for the latest information on roadworks, traffic, road closures and detours to help plan your trip.

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.

Plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable journey. Keep up to date with:

Phone: 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49)

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Smashed windscreen time again

Posted on 13-11-2020 12:15 | By Border Patrol

Had two smashed windscreens last year due to roads not being swept properly after resealing with large stones which is part of the problem- the other is the traffic totally ignores the speed limits in place afterwards and you just get sprayed with stones. The windscreen place was that busy it took weeks to even get in to fix. They must be rubbing their hands together this time every year.