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Resurfacing work to commence on SH50

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The NZ Transport Agency will begin work to resurface a section of the SH50 Hawke’s Bay Expressway south of the Taradale Road roundabout and over the Kennedy Road overbridge next week.

Regional Transport Systems Manager Wayne Oldfield says resurfacing will involve removal of the old, worn road surface, followed by the laying and rolling of a new smooth bitumen surface.

“The work will provide a quality surface which will be safer for our customers and have the added benefit of reducing the impact of road noise on local residents,” Mr Oldfield says.

Given the nature of the work and to minimise any disruptions to traffic, this work will take place between 6.30pm and 6am for five nights starting on Monday 19 February 2018 with the final night expected to be Friday 23 February.

“Night works are the quickest, most efficient way to achieve the required result for locals affected by road noise and for road users who use the route,” Mr Oldfield says.

“The volumes of traffic during the day have really forced us to look for times and dates that have a reduced impact on the high number of vehicles that travel through this section."

“If we were to complete the work during the day it would take nearly two weeks to complete and would result in considerable traffic delays on the Expressway as well as Taradale Road.”

Traffic will be reduced to one lane while the work takes place. The road will be open to traffic travelling in both directions, but will be managed with the use of stop/go signs.

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