Plan ahead, avoid delays and stay safe on our roads this summer is the message from the NZ Transport Agency, as the summer road work season gets underway.
People are urged to check what is happening on their route and plan their journey accordingly to minimise the risk of journey disruptions due to speed restrictions and other traffic management at roadwork sites.
Transport Agency Director of Safety and Environment Harry Wilson says summer is the best time for road works, as more daylight hours and warm dry weather helps new seal set properly.
“While we know that road works can be dusty, noisy and generally a bit of a pain, drivers will have a better, safer journey once the work is done.
“The Transport Agency and our contractors are committed to getting the work done with as little disruption as possible but there may be delays at times.
“Planning ahead and knowing what is happening on the roads means you can consider taking another route, if possible, or factor in any disruptions so you arrive at your destination safely, and on time,” Mr Wilson says.
Travelers can get information on journey times, and possible delays on www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz(external link) or by calling 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 444 449).
Mr Wilson says the Transport Agency is also urging drivers to take a little time to make sure they are well-rested and their vehicles are safe before starting their journeys.
“Plan in advance where you’ll take breaks on your journey, and share the driving if possible. While on your journey, keep within the speed limit and drive to the conditions. With more roadwork crews on the roads over the coming months, drivers are also reminded to slow down through road works.
“Everyone has a role to play in reducing the harm that happens on our roads, so we’re asking people to be patient and observe temporary speed restrictions.
“These are in place to protect the safety of the road workers and to limit damage to the sites our crews are working on,” Mr Wilson says.
The Transport Agency thanks people for their patience and understanding while travelling through work sites.