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Blasting delays on SH8 at Raes Junction

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The New Zealand Transport Agency is advising motorists using SH8 between Beaumont and Raes Junction, to expect an extended delay of up to 30 minutes, on Wednesday 18 March 2009, while blasting work is carried to remove rock bluffs above this section of highway.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is advising motorists using SH8 between Beaumont and Raes Junction, to expect an extended delay of up to 30 minutes, on Wednesday 18 March 2009, while blasting work is carried to remove rock bluffs above this section of highway.

The work is being done as part of the Raes Junction Safety Improvements Project that will ease a series of tight curves on this section of highway that has had a history of crashes over the years.

The drilling and blasting work is essential to make room for the new road alignment. The NZTA regrets any inconvenience to road users and appreciates their patience while this essential safety work is carried out.

Subject to weather conditions, there will be an extended traffic delay between 10:00am and 10:30am on Wednesday 18 March 2009 for blasting work.

Outside the extended delay due to blasting, work will continue between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday with one lane, one way traffic being maintained at all times. Minor delays may be experienced at critical stages of the works.

Excavation is expected to be completed by Easter 2009. Pavement construction and sealing work will commence in spring.

Information on this project will also be available on the NZTA’s Highway Info website at www.highwayinfo.govt.nz(external link).

For more information please contact:

Bob Nettleton
Regional Communications Advisor
  DDI 03 951 3005   
M  021 954 928   
F   03 951 3013
E-mail bob.nettleton@nzta.govt.nz

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