NZTA urges care as roadworks continue in Taranaki


The NZ Transport Agency has kicked off a week of resealing in the Taranaki region, and is reminding motorists to exercise great care through roadworks sites and keep their speeds down.

The NZTA today began resealing State Highway 3 in the Uriti valley, and work will move to other sites in Taranaki throughout the week, weather permitting.

NZTA Regional state highways manager David McGonigal says the warmer, dryer summer months offer an ideal window of opportunity to carry out resealing and other work, which is fundamental to keeping the road surface safe for motorists.

'We appreciate roadworks are a bit of a headache for motorists but it's vital for keeping the roads safe and in good shape, and we're really grateful to drivers for being so patience and understanding.

"We urge motorists to observe the temporary speed restrictions to the letter," says Mr McGonigal. ."This means people need to keep under the posted speed limit at all times, even if it feels unnaturally slow.

"There's been a number of reports of people getting damaged windscreens travelling through roadworks sites lately, and this shows many motorists aren't slowing down sufficiently.

"Speeding through road works sites is unfair on other drivers, as it can cause damage to nearby vehicles that are obeying the speed restrictions. And most importantly, speeding puts our contractors at risk, and while they're working hard to keep the roads safe it's imperative we look out for their safety too.

"Also, under no circumstances should people ever overtake on a roadworks site."

The NZTA's indicative programme of resealing work on State Highway 3 for this week is as follows (weather permitting):

  • Monday 27 February - Uriti valley
  • Tuesday 28 February - South of Inglewood
  • Wednesday 29 February / Thursday 1 March: Rugby Road, Tariki
  • Friday 2 March - Pioneer Village South of Stratford
  • Friday 2 March -  Ngaere

Sealing will continue south to Hawera the following week.