Tairawhiti Roads advises motorists using State Highway 35/Awapuni Road to expect delays of up to 30 minutes from Monday, as roadworks to replace the current surface with asphalt get underway.
Delays will occur between 7am and 7pm, from Monday to Saturday for three weeks, with traffic down to one lane under stop/go management.
Tairāwhiti Roads General Manager Dave Hadfield says motorists should plan their journey ahead of time and take an alternative route where possible.
They should also expect significant queues or ‘tail backs’ on State Highway 35 including Customhouse Street and Awapuni Road, as well as on Grey Street and Stanley Road.
A detour for cyclists will be put in place, while pedestrian access will remain as is.
“If possible, please use Salisbury Road, Anzac Street, Kahutia Street and Childers Road rather than Awapuni Road,” Mr Hadfield says.
The $2.6 million upgrade is aimed at helping to reduce traffic noise and vibration, while also building a stronger and future-proofed road. It is fully funded by the 2018–21 National Land Transport Programme.
“We realise this is going to be noisy for the people living or working right next to the roadworks and disruptive for those who use the road, but this will be short-lived and the end result will be a great improvement. We thank people for their patience while the work is carried out,” Mr Hadfield says.
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