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Essential works on SH2 near Paengaroa start tomorrow

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises essential works to complete road reconstruction on a section of State Highway 2 near Paengaroa will get underway from tomorrow.

The works will take place on the north side of the road between the Wilson Road South and Wilson Road North intersections from 7.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. They are expected to take six days to complete.

Work was completed on the south side of the road prior to the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown.

Bay of Plenty Transport Systems Manager Rob Campbell says these essential works will allow the Transport Agency’s contractors to complete work on what is currently an active work site and seal the road ahead of winter to ensure the road remains safe for all road users.

“Safely maintaining New Zealand’s state highway system is considered vital at this time in order to ensure that critical functions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus can continue.”

There will be a 24 hour a day 30km/h temporary speed limit in place for the duration of the works. This will remain in place for 5-10 days following completion of the works to enable our contractors to monitor how the seal beds in with lower traffic volumes than normal.
During the works, traffic travelling on the north side of the road will be shifted onto the south side of the road and separated from traffic travelling in the opposite direction by cones.

Mr Campbell asks people to be patient and respectful to roadworkers, and look out for their safety and wellbeing.

“If you see contractors out on the roads during the shutdown period please remember that they are carrying out essential work to keep us all safe.

“If you are using the roads during this period remember to comply with any temporary speed reductions through roadworks to keep workers safe. They are doing vital work and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.”

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