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Motorists asked to slow down at road works sites

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Motorists are asked to take care on the Northland roads and to allow extra time for their journeys during the next few weeks as the NZ Transport Agency’s completes its summer resealing programme

The Transport Agency’s Northland and Auckland North Journey Manager Jacqui Hori-Hoult says the reseal programme kicked off early January and will wind up late next month.

“For most people summer is a time to get outdoors, head to the beach and have fun but it’s also a time when our contractors are busy repairing road surfaces and carrying out important safety improvements,” she says.

“We try to minimise the impacts of the work but people can expect short delays due to speed restrictions and stop/go traffic control.  Our contractors will do their utmost to minimise the delays.

“We hope the travelling public understand the importance of these works and we thank them for their patience.”

Ms Hori-Hoult says it is critical that motorists slow down and keep to the speed limit through work sites.

“Resealing and reconstruction work involves heavy machinery, loose metal, hot bitumen and a lot of workers, often on foot - that’s why speed restrictions are needed,” she says.

“So speeding through the sites can be dangerous for our road workers and other motorists, as well as causing damage to the work.

“We specially ask motorists to consider others and obey the speed restrictions where sealing work is underway or just completed. This not only helps to settle in the new surface but will prevent stone chips from flying up onto passing vehicle windscreens.”

 

For more information please contact:

Jan McCarthy
Media Manager
T:   64 3 964 2885
M:  021 427 442  
jan.mccarthy@nzta.govt.nz

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