The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that work is beginning this weekend to improve the bumpy road surface at Bridge Street on SH1/SH3 through Bulls, and make it easier and safer to cross the road.
Regional journey manager Delaney Myers says night-time roadworks will be underway over four nights from Sunday onwards, and while they’ll be a little bit of an inconvenience, they’re happening when the road is at its quietest to make sure that disruption is kept to a minimum.
“Roadworks are a fact of life, but we know they can be a bit of a headache, so we’re doing them after dark to avoid the busy times that people are out and about.
"We also want to support the businesses that rely on Bridge Street for their passing trade. By working after hours then we can limit the effect on those business owners and their customers.
“We thank everyone for their patience while we work to get the highway looking as good as new again and improving safety for pedestrians.
“The roadworks will help maintain the life of the road, and provide a more even road surface. That means it will be more pleasant to drive on, and residents will no longer have to put up with as much noise from trucks going over bumps.”
The work involves routine repairs resulting from wear and tear on the busy highway, which carries 13,000 vehicles a day, many of them trucks. Ms Myers says work will be undertaken from 6pm to 6am, and is hoped to be completed by Thursday if the weather plays ball.
She says one lane will remain open with alternating flow using stop/go.
The week after the works are done, the Transport Agency will be installing a crossing point to improve pedestrian access to the new commercial development. Ms Myers stresses that this is not a zebra crossing, but it will help making crossing easier and safer.
“The new crossing point will make it much easier and safer for pedestrians to be seen and to cross. It will provide good visibility for both pedestrians and approaching motorists. We’re also providing a new refuge point in the middle of the road that will help to protect shoppers, children, and other pedestrians. While it’s not a zebra crossing, and therefore pedestrians don’t automatically have right of way, we do ask motorists to show courtesy and care when they see people waiting to cross.”