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Gisborne asphalting works

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Project introduction

As part of a scheduled maintenance of work Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Gisborne District Council are working together to undertake extensive nightworks across the roading network including asphalting and bridge improvements between March and May 2022.

  • Estimated project dates

    Mar 2022–Jul 2022
  • Project type

    Bridge improvements, Road maintenance

About this project

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Gisborne District Council (GDC) are working together to undertake extensive nightworks across the roading network including asphalting and bridge improvements between March and July 2022.

Work will take place at multiple sites across the city and will be undertaken at night to reduce disruption to motorists and the wider community.

The asphalting work will take place predominantly at the Gisborne City roundabouts and the stretch of State Highway 35 between the Captain Cook Statue and Okitu, this section also includes the Gladstone Road Bridge. There are many small maintenance patches to complete across the city and a small number of rural sites including Pakarae Bridge and Tarewa Road/SH2 intersection.

The Gladstone Road Bridge is a major component of the works and will include asphalting and resurfacing of the bridge deck and replacement of the deck joints. Structural repairs to the underside of the bridge will also be undertaken.

There will be road closures and detours in place for the night works. During the day, traffic will be able to flow but there will be temporary speed restrictions. Please follow the direction of our traffic management teams and observe temporary traffic management signage.

Project partners

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Gisborne District Council are delivering this programme of works.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why are you doing the work?

    We are undertaking the asphalt programme because the existing asphalt pavement is at the end of its life. We need to use asphalt on these sites because it is stronger and more durable than bitumen and asphalt is also quieter to drive on. GDC and Waka Kotahi will work together to undertake their programme of works simultaneously to reduce longer-term disruption to the community and streamline communications ensuring one voice when communicating these extensive works to the public.

    The machine that produces the asphalt is coming from Wellington and is able to produce a product that can withstand the forces created by heavy vehicles when they travel around roundabouts. Due to mobilisation costs the next time the machine is programmed to come to Gisborne is in four years’ time, therefore some roundabouts programmed for construction in 2 years’ time have been brought forward to make use of the machine. 

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  • Who is doing the work?

    Downer NZ will be undertaking the work and utilizing a specialist crew and equipment that is coming from Wellington.

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  • How will I be affected?

    This work will be done during the evening to minimise disruption to daytime traffic, there will be road closures around the individual sites and detour routes for traffic to take. Residents will be accommodated but there may be delays getting in and out of your property while the work is being undertaken.

    This work involves the use of heavy machinery so can be noisy, each site will take approximately four days to complete so please understand this disturbance will only be short-term.

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  • Where is the work taking place?

    The asphalt work will predominately happen on the Gisborne City roundabouts and the stretch of State Highway 35 between the Captain Cook Statue and Okitu, this section also includes the Gladstone Road Bridge. There are many small maintenance patches to complete across the city and a small number of rural sites including Pakarae Bridge and Tarewa Road/SH2 intersection.

     

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