Summer road works under way

The summer highway maintenance period starts on Otago's roads this month. Photo NZTA
The summer highway maintenance period starts on Otago's roads this month. Photo NZTA
Motorists in Otago are being urged to be patient as maintenance work gets under way on the region's roads.

The NZ Transport Agency said today the summer highway maintenance period would start this month, with most work concentrated on State Highway 1 between Palmerston and Milton.

Work includes:

Asphalt resurfacing in the one-way system in Dunedin.

Road reconstructions and/or overlays in Palmerston, Dunedin's Northern Motorway, Balclutha and SH8 near Lawrence.

Flood repairs between Palmerston and Waihola.

Repairs at the Shag River Bridge on SH1 north of Palmerston which will require a stop/go operation at times, and night work at the Beaumont Bridge.

Transport Agency System Manager Graeme Hall said they advised road users to be patient at this busy time and allow extra time when travelling at peak times, especially between Palmerston and Milton.

“It is important to stick to the posted speed limits for the safety of our workers and other road users as there will be loose chip on the road following some of these operations.

“This work has to be done when temperatures are warmer for the best results. We know it can cause delays and we thank everyone for their patience heading into the summer road sealing season.”

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