Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is reminding motorists to follow the relevant temporary speed limits to ensure the safety of other road users, road workers and themselves.
While most drivers are doing the right thing through worksites, it is disappointing to see some people speeding and putting others at risk, Bay of Plenty System Manager, Roger Brady, says.
“Speeding vehicles can flick up loose metal and other objects, which can be dangerous to our road workers and other road users,” says Mr Brady.
“Motorists also have less control at higher speeds. They may clip road cones and send them flying at our road workers or oncoming traffic - or lose control completely.
“Even when there is no one working on site, we may leave speed limits in place to protect road users. Drivers should consider reduced visibility and the effects of temporary surfaces at night and in bad weather, as well as the safety of motorcyclists and cyclists.
“We also need to alert drivers to changes that they may not be expecting, such as reduced road widths and changes to road layout,” says Mr Brady.
“Safety is always our highest priority and we make no apologies for this.”
This is what you can expect to see on your journey between Waihī and Tauranga this week:
Please note these works are weather dependent and can change at short notice.
For at least 24 hours after a site is sealed, and before being swept, it continues to operate under a reduced temporary speed limit while vehicles travel over the seal and help “bed in” the chip. This helps reduce the risk of windscreen damage. Sites are then swept, excess chip removed, and the temporary speed limit remains in place until line marking is reinstated (within 48 hours, weather dependent).
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