Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is starting four weeks of work this Monday 8 March rebuilding a one kilometre section of highway and doing drainage work through the Kakahu area of South Canterbury, SH79.
The work area is from the Kakahu rest area to Mulvihill Rd, on the Geraldine-Fairlie highway.
“As this is a narrow section of highway, to do this work safely and protect our work crews and road users from machinery in a tight space, we will use manual traffic management and allow road users through on the hour and half hour,” says Waka Kotahi Maintenance Contract Manager for South Canterbury John Keenan.
Around 2,500 vehicles use this road each day, says Mr Keenan. “It can be a busy route when there are weekend events on in the Mackenzie District, Central Otago, and at Easter, so we want people to be aware of the delays before they set off and build in the extra time to their journey.”
Paul Smith Earthmoving is the subcontractor for this project for Waka Kotahi and the South Canterbury highway maintenance contractor Downer.
Electronic message boards have been placed on the highway this week to advise regular users of the delays from next week and over the four weeks.
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