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What does it mean for state highway construction and roading projects at Alert Level 2?

The COVID-19 situation in New Zealand continues to evolve and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is committed to supporting safety during this time to look after workers and road users.

At Alert Level 2, Waka Kotahi will continue to reinstate all physical state highway maintenance activities and capital works projects.  All activities will adhere to strict protocols to look after the health and safety of workers and road users. 

Have all projects re-started and what protocols are in place to look after workers and road users?

Most construction projects and maintenance activities have now resumed and all active projects have a COVID-19 Plan in place to align with strict industry standards provided by Construction Health and Safety NZ (CHASNZ).  These Plans were developed during Alert Level 3 and will continue to be closely monitored to ensure each contractor is complying with strict health and safety requirements to look after both workers and road users. 

When driving through worksites, be patient and respectful and look out for the safety and wellbeing of roadworkers. These people are stepping outside of their bubbles to do vital work to keep us safe.

What are the CHASNZ industry standards and guidelines?

Specific guidelines have been developed by the Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) group for the safe return to the job for construction workers.

These standards and guidelines include measures for pre-planning work, documenting the health and safety of staff, ensuring safe physical distancing is maintained, cleaning of all plant, tools and vehicles, and being able to quickly and accurately trace people should they come in contact with someone who contracts COVID19.

More information on these standards(external link)

When will we see construction activity on the state highway network?

The transition back to work will be different for every project and the timing will depend on the complexity of each project.  Most maintenance and construction activity is already underway, however it may take some time for worksites to be fully operational and for all staff to return to work. 

Will there be delays as more people travel on the roads at Alert Level 2?

Plan ahead and play it safe for travel at Alert Level 2.  Significantly more people will be using their cars and public transport so you should expect delays.  It’s important to plan ahead, allow more time, and avoid travelling at peak periods.

Most new planned daytime maintenance work on the state highway network in major centres will be paused on Thursday and Friday this week in order to ease congestion for those who need to drive.

View the latest travel updates(external link)

How can I find out more about an individual project?

We are working to update each individual project page with information as the Covid-19 situation evolves. Please bear with us as these updates are rolled out. Search for the individual project name using the ‘Search’ tab at the top of this page.