Summer road works have begun on Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes District highways which will help ensure well-maintained road surfaces and safe journeys for road users all year round.
Summer is the optimum time for this work to occur as it is warmer, allowing bitumen to stick more effectively to the road surface and for crews to have more daylight hours and visibility for greater safety.
Summer is also the time for holidays and events, and road works at these times can create some frustrations for road users, says NZ Transport Agency Journey Manager, Lower South Island, Peter Brown.
“To help people better plan their journeys, the Transport Agency provides as much timely information as possible via our website, social media, and Electronic Messaging signs on the highways.
“As well as keeping yourself informed, it is always a good idea to build in extra time when travelling.”
Frankton Road (SH6A between Frankton and Queenstown): aiming to be completed by mid-December. Work will take place at night and delays of up to 10 minutes should be expected throughout.
Many reseal sites: There will be a number of reseal sites throughout the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago Districts. The reseal sites will vary in length and most of them will not have a significant impact on people’s journeys. Information on the locations and timing of sites that will cause delays will be made available via the Transport Agency’s traffic information website: www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic(external link)
SH6 rehabilitation, near the Crown Range turnoff: programmed between early January and the end of March 2019.
“The Transport Agency apologises for any inconvenience that summer road works may cause and ask that you travel through the work areas at the temporary speed limits for your own safety and for the safety of our roading crews,” says Mr Brown.