Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will be closing State Highway 1 Desert Road overnight for five nights from Sunday 15 March for resurfacing work in the Three Sisters area.
While work is taking place traffic heading between Waiouru and Turangi will be diverted around the western side of Ruapehu on SH49/SH4/SH47/SH41 during the working hours of 6pm to 5am.
Waikato System Manager Rob Campbell says that the narrow width of the Desert Road in the Three Sisters area means that it needs to be closed for the resurfacing equipment and staff to be able to work safely.
“We appreciate that it is an inconvenience for SH1 traffic to be diverted away from the Desert Road, however the safety of crews working on the road is paramount,” Mr Campbell says.
“We would also like to acknowledge that this is relatively late notice for the freight industry and the travelling public of a major detour, however this work needs to be done and our contractor, Downer, has had the resource become available at short notice.”
“It’s better to do this work now and ensure the Desert Road is in the safest condition it can be ahead of winter,” Mr Campbell says.
There are a number of other SH1 worksites in the Taupo area during March, as part of a record summer for state highway repair and renewal across New Zealand.
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