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Work to fix seal on SH50 to begin tomorrow

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising that contractors will be undertaking work to fix the road seal on State Highway 50 at the Ahuriri Bypass to Napier Port.

The work will begin tomorrow at 7am, depending on weather, and is expected to finish at 5pm.

State Highway 50 has been undergoing resealing works over the past few months as part of essential maintenance.

“Unfortunately the new road seal has not been successful and we have noticed chip coming off the seal, so our contractors will be heading back to fix it,” Regional Transport Systems Manager Oliver Postings says.

“It appears the chip is not sticking to the bitumen as well as it should, so contractors will need to do some work to stop the chip from coming loose. We are currently managing all the loose chip with a sucker truck until the crew begins work tomorrow to fix the seal.”

A full signposted detour will be in place while the repair work is underway.

“We apologise to motorists for this inconvenience. We know it’s not ideal, but we’ll be working as quickly as we can to fix the issue,” Mr Postings says.

The cost of the repairs will be borne by the contractor, therefore there will be no extra cost to Waka Kotahi.

Contractors will return to the site within the next month to complete the previously-planned resealing works, which will involve laying open-graded porous asphalt (OGPA) as the final coat and will take up to four days.

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