Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency contractors will remove an unstable tree alongside State Highway 33, approximately 12km south of Paengaroa, tomorrow.
Bay of Plenty Systems Manager Rob Campbell says the tree is at high risk of falling onto the road during bad weather.
“We want to take the opportunity to remove the tree while the weather is fine. This makes it easier for our contractors to carry out the work and deals with the risk before we get any bad weather.
“These essential works help ensure the road remains safe for all road users.
“Safely maintaining New Zealand’s state highway system is considered vital at this time in order to ensure critical functions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus can continue.”
The works will take place between 8.00am and 3.00pm tomorrow, with a 30km/h temporary speed limit in place for the duration.
There will be one lane open in each direction for essential road users most of the time, with a short period of Stop/Go traffic management in place during movement of plant and while the tree is being felled.
Mr Campbell asks people to be patient and respectful to roadworkers and look out for their safety and wellbeing.
“If you see contractors out on the roads during the shutdown period please remember that they are carrying out essential work to keep us all safe.
“If you are using the roads during this period remember to comply with any temporary speed reductions through roadworks to keep workers safe. They are doing vital work and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.
“Only head out for essential supplies or services, otherwise, please stay safe, and stay home.”
Mr Campbell also notes that while the Transport Agency does its best to provide up-to-date information, given the current operating environment under COVID-19 alert system Level 4 some road works may change at short notice, and people are encouraged to visit the Transport Agency’s Journey Planner website (journeys.nzta.govt.nz(external link)) for real time information about their journeys.
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