Dunedin tourism operators breathed a sigh of relief yesterday
after a repeat of Wednesday's traffic chaos at Ravensbourne
Traffic flowed smoothly through the roadworks area all day
and both lanes of State Highway 88 were open before morning
commuters began heading into the city from Port Chalmers and
The 10-minute trip into the city was a far cry from
Wednesday, when hundreds of motorists endured a frustrating
crawl that, for some, took more than an hour.
New Zealand Transport Agency senior network manager John
Jarvis said resurfacing work ''went well'' overnight,
allowing contractors to be off the road - and both lanes
reopened - before 6am yesterday.
They were expected to start work on the top layer of the
road's asphalt surface last night. Work would continue into
the weekend and was weather-dependent, he said.
However, crews should again be off the highway by 6am today,
to ensure traffic was not disrupted, he said.
Minor work was expected to continue early next week, but the
resurfacing project should - weather permitting - be
completed by December 18, he said.
Wednesday's problems stemmed from the failure to notice
''soft spots'' under the road until it was too late to fix
them before morning commuters began arriving.
Their discovery meant one lane remained closed until
mid-morning, causing a huge queue of vehicles to form and
more than 50 cruise-ship passengers to miss Taieri Gorge
That prompted railway chief executive Murray Bond to warn the
road would need to be ''perfect'' to accommodate passengers
from another four cruise ships due before the weekend.
Mr Bond said when contacted yesterday's work appeared to have
gone well, with no disruptions, and he was pleased with the
He hoped it would continue today, ''because we have got two
bigger cruise ships in''.
Passenger Transport director Kayne Baas also reported no
disruptions, saying yesterday's roadworks had been ''good''.