Work is back underway on most state highway projects around the country as construction crews adjust to new health and safety protocols, and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says it is inevitable that completion dates for many projects will be affected by the unprecedented impact of Covid-19.
Work priorities and traffic management have been rearranged on Christchurch’s Southern Motorway Stage 2 project, as around 250 construction crew resume their jobs under Covid-19 Level Three health and safety protocols.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has completed improvements to State Highway 2 between Gisborne and Ōpōtiki to enable High Productivity Motor Vehicles (HPMV) weighing over 44 tonnes to travel the route for the first time, previously under permit only.
Although COVID-19 has affected how Waka Kotahi does things – across the delivery team, project management, design, property, planning etc, with people continuing to work in small bubbles to meet the new level 3 guidelines, it has not noticeably affected the progress of this bridge project in Otago.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has taken steps to encourage the removal of more impounded vehicles from the side of State Highways in a move that will make New Zealand’s roads safer and improve the national vehicle fleet in the process.