Motorists on State Highway 88 between Dunedin and Port
Chalmers are being asked to remain patient while Delta clears
vegetation away from power lines.
Contractors started clearing macrocarpa trees from parts of
SH88 road reserve last Tuesday and planned to finish on
Wednesday, weather permitting.
Delta asset management general manager Adam Fletcher said the
work was part of Aurora Energy's overhead line renewal
programme and would improve electricity supply reliability.
''Trees growing near power lines can cause damage and
interrupt power supply. Clearing vegetation from the roadside
will also improve driver visibility,'' he said.
The wood was being donated to a Lions group.
At times, the highway had been reduced to a single lane.
Mr Fletcher said contractors appreciated motorists' patience.
Earlier in the week, the Dunedin City Council encouraged
cruise ship tour operators to allow extra time on tours or
take alternative routes including Upper Junction Rd.