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Contractors paving the way for Santa’s visit

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The month of December will see a significant amount of activity on the state highway network throughout the Waikato & Bay of Plenty, with contractors looking to make sleigh while the sun shines before the Christmas break.

Contractors have been undertaking renewals since late-September, however recent wet weather has put a dampener on progress. With fine weather on the horizon, now is the time to Blitzen through work until the roads are cleared for the holiday season.

With so much activity on the network, it’s important to know how to get around, says Rob Campbell, Regional Manager of Maintenance & Operations, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

“With road closures planned for SH1 Desert Road, SH2 at Pekatahi Bridge, and within Hamilton, it is important to plan ahead so you can continue to be a Prancer throughout the region.

“As well as this, we have a substantial number of resealing and road rebuilds taking place. Traffic management, including temporary speed limits, will be used to ensure everyone can get past the site and onto their destination.

When driving past a worksite please don’t be a Comet or a Dasher - slow and steady is best for your car and keeps our people safe.

“We acknowledge that disruption will be a constant over the next few weeks. The good news is that almost all roadwork sites will be shut down and cleared from the road by midday Wednesday 22 December. This will ensure everyone travelling to see whānau and friends can get there safely and on time.

“Like Rudolph, the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner (www.journeys.govt.nz(external link)) is our shining light and will guide you on the best way forward. We wish everyone safe travels over the holiday period,” says Mr Campbell

Planned closures

SH1 Desert road

  • 14 & 15 December, 7am - 5pm each day
  • Closed between Rangipo (SH1/SH46 intersection) and Waiouru (SH1/SH49 intersection), detour via SH49, SH4, SH47 and either SH46 or SH41

SH2 Pekatahi bridge

  • 12 - 16 December, 7am - 6pm each day
  • Detour via SH30 and Whakatāne

SH1C Hamilton - Norton road roundabout

  • 7 & 8 December, 7pm - 6am each night
  • Detour via Hamilton (Te Rapa road)

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