The New Zealand Transport Agency is changing its procedures
to avoid a repeat of last week's major disruption to State
Highway 88 traffic in Dunedin.
Motorists were stuck for more than an hour between
Ravensbourne and St Leonards because of botched road works by
NZTA contractors on December 11.
Yesterday, NZTA Otago-Southland highway manager Ian Duncan
told the Otago Daily Times the event had provided the
organisation and its contractor with ''a number of valuable
''These have resulted in changes to some of our procedures
and include better communications with road users, all of
which will avoid a repetition of this event,'' Mr Duncan
The NZTA did not expect the mishap to add to the cost of the
$300,000 resurfacing work being undertaken between the Parry
St roundabout and the Ravensdown fertiliser works.
Contractors had been working through the night to complete
work on the only direct route between Port Chalmers and the
central city, but last Wednesday morning they discovered soft
spots in the road's surface. It prompted the closure of one
lane on the highway during peak commuting times, and
subsequently major delays for motorists.
The NZTA apologised again yesterday to those affected.
''Occasionally, we do have unforeseen events which occur on
or impact the highway network and while we cannot provide
compensation for these, we do our best to rectify them as
quickly and safely as possible,'' Mr Duncan said.
Many cruise ship passengers were stranded at Port Chalmers,
unable to go on booked tours as a result of the situation,
angering some tourism providers. Hundreds of Dunedin
residents were also frustrated by being caught in the traffic
Motorists complained about the lack of warnings in place at
either side of the road works.