South and Mid-Canterbury road users will start to notice more road crews and busy work sites from early October as the highway maintenance programme kicks off for another summer season. Pre-reseal repairs are underway at present, one highway area at a time.
“With the warmer and dryer weather approaching and daylight hours increasing, our crews will be delivering road reconstruction and resurfacing projects from now until the end of March, 2024,” says Tresca Forrester, Journey Manager for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. “People will need to start thinking about allowing additional time for their journeys.”
This year’s maintenance programme in South and Mid-Canterbury aims to reconstruct six kilometres of state highway network and complete 24 kilometres of resurfacing.
“Waka Kotahi is planning to complete some of the most disruptive works at night, when possible, but this means that many sites will still be under temporary traffic management and speed restrictions during the day,” says Ms Forrester. “Just because crews are not there during the day does not mean work is completed. They will most often be back at night when traffic volumes are much lower and fewer people will be disrupted.
“Speed limits through work sites are also there for a good reason – to help keep you safe, prevent damage to your vehicle and to protect the crew and work being done.
“Even if you can’t see workers on the road or it looks like work is finished when you come across a temporary speed limit sign, there could be uneven surfaces, loose chip from a recent reseal, workers underneath a bridge, just around the corner or on the side of the road.”
Major planned works and locations
In the New Year:
After Christmas we have reseals programmed for SH77, Ashburton to Darfield, and SH1, Rakaia to Ashburton, and a pavement overlay project near Ealing, Rangitata and also a six-eight week road rehabilitation project on SH8 near Coldstream, east of Fairlie.
“If people can build in an extra 20 minutes to their journeys, it will help ease the pressure and reduce the temptation to make up the time if there is a short delay. This is safer for everyone – your own car and its passengers and other road users,” says Ms Forrester.
Quick tips/reminders for happy summer travel: