The NZ Transport Agency will be spending over $36 million maintaining highways around the Waikato and Bay of Plenty this summer.
A kiwi summer is all about sunshine, beaches and barbies.
It’s also the time that the Transport Agency carries out vital repair and maintenance work on our state highways. We need the warm, dry conditions to ensure we can effectively repair the cracks and potholes that appear in roads over time.
Between October 2014 and April 2015 road works valued at $31 million in the Waikato and $5.3 million in the Bay of Plenty will be taking place on a number of state highways in the region.
By regularly resealing roads they are safer to drive on and are less likely to require expensive repair work in the future.
Road works mean speed restrictions and in some cases delays. This can be frustrating for travellers, however we adopt a safety first attitude for both our contractors and the public. We’re also running education campaigns and advertising to ensure the public is aware of the work, the reasons for it, and the need to slow down and in some cases to expect short delays.
Maintenance work often involves heavy machinery, loose chip, bitumen and cement. While care is taken by our contractors to minimise splashes of bitumen and cement, they can occur at times. Did you know bitumen can be removed from vehicles with kerosene or baby oil and cement with clean water?
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