Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises motorists travelling between Katikati and Tauranga are currently experiencing delays of around one hour due to road resurfacing works that took place between Gill Lane and Snodgrass Road overnight.
Bay of Plenty System Manager Rob Campbell 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.
“Works have been carried out overnight to minimise disruption to motorists, however temporary speed restrictions are required during the day to ensure the safety of road users and prevent damage to vehicles, and this is resulting in delays.
“We appreciate it can be frustrating for road users and local residents, but these important works help improve the road, increase safety and make everyone’s journeys more enjoyable.”
Mr Campbell encourages motorists to plan ahead, allow extra time for their journeys and consider delaying unnecessary travel, where possible.
“Check Google Maps or visit the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website (journeys.govt.nz(external link)) for up to date information on road works, travel times and delays.”
These resurfacing works at various locations between Athenree Gorge and Te Puna are expected to be complete by Friday 5 February, weather dependent.
“Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.”
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