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Northland road crews push ahead with re-sealing programme

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Road crews in Northland are going all-out on state highway maintenance and have already completed nearly half their summer programme of road re-sealing.

The NZ Transport Agency’s Northland System Manager Jacqui Hori-Hoult says 100 kilometres of highway resealing was completed across the Northland network by the end of November. 

“Northland has one of the country’s biggest resealing programmes and we’re aiming to do 230 kilometres of state highway this season by the end of March.” 

“It’s very dependent on the weather. We’ve lost 10 work days to rain, but we learnt from last summer and started earlier this year. Our contractors brought in crews from Hamilton and Auckland and they’ve put in a really massive effort.” 

In the lead up to Christmas, and in anticipation of the holiday traffic that comes north, the crews are concentrating this month on SH1 from the Brynderwyn Hills to Whāngārei. 

Road re-sealing will pause over the Christmas – New Year holiday period. The crews are off the road from 20 December and don’t start again until 7 January. But some will be on standby for emergency repairs and bad weather events. 

The Transport Agency thanks all motorists for their patience and understanding while essential road resurfacing is carried out. 

“We’re making the roads better for everyone, but we need motorists to plan ahead, allow extra time and keep to the speed limit so everyone, including our road crews, gets home safely.”

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