With a number of road work projects taking place before the peak holiday season motorists are being asked to allow extra time for travel this December.
During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Thames-Coromandel District Council road work crews will be making the most of the warm weather to make roads safer and progress major projects.
The Thames-Coromandel District Council is asking motorists travelling through the Coromandel for their patience with a number of roading works and projects taking place this month. Photo: File
While over the holiday period, up until after Waitangi weekend, only urgent repair work will be done.
Roading Manager Matt Busch says there will be speed restrictions and other traffic management at roadwork sites over the next few weeks, and then between February and April of next year.
“A significant proportion of our annual road work programme will be completed prior to Christmas," says Matt.
“The summer is the best time of year to resurface and reconstruct roads, as the drier ground conditions allow for improved compaction, while the warm/dry climate helps new seal to stick to the road surface.”
Motorists are being asked for their patience and understanding at road works sites and where events affect traffic flows.
Matt says they understand road works can inconvenience people during their journeys with dust, noise, speed restrictions and detours being a frustration.
“This is why we’re trying to give people as much information so they are prepared in advance.”
Manaia Road: Following completion of the Graham’s Creek Causeway Bridge extension project and reopening of Manaia Road on December 4, a lane closure (stop/go control) will be required this week to install new guardrails at this site.
Motorists can expect some minor traffic delays as a 30km/h temporary speed limit and the use of a stop/go control (when required) associated with the Mackay Street car park construction works.
This work is scheduled for completion prior to Christmas.
Bluff Road remains closed while contractors remove an overhanging rock bluff and install protective mesh.
This work will allow the road to be reopened to pedestrians, cyclists and light vehicles prior to Christmas.
This section of Bluff road will need to be closed again during March 2016 to construct a rock seawall and guardrail to further improve motorist safety.
Council’s annual programme of dust sealing is scheduled for completion prior to Christmas.
A 30km/h temporary speed limit and the use of a stop/go control will be used to ensure safe passage through the following dust seal sites:
• Tapu-Coroglen Road
• The 309 Road (three sites at the Whitianga end)
• Wharf Road (Colville) and Bluff Road (Rings Beach)
• Kirikiri West Road (Kopu) and McQuoid Road (Coromandel) areprogrammed for dust sealing in the New Year.
ROAD REHABILITATION (STRENGTHENING)
Council have about 5km of road strengthening work planned around the district.
This includes approximately 3.5km on Lindsay Road (Whangamata), Tarapatiki Drive (Whitianga), Hot Water Beach Road and Whangapoua Road completed or scheduled for completion prior to Christmas.
The balance of the annual work programme, including sites on Black Jack Road, Hikuai Settlement Road, Sandes Street and Tui Place (Thames), Torehina Heights (Waitete Bay) and Cholmondeley Crescent will start in February, with work completed by the end of March 2016.
A 30km/h temporary speed restriction and the use of stop/go controls will also be used on these sites.
With the exception of an asphalt surfacing site in Kopu scheduled for completion during January, council’s annual resurfacing programme was completed in early December.
The NZ Transport Agency plans to resurface sections of the state highway after Waitangi weekend, to minimise the impact during the peak visitor period.
Stop/go traffic management with be used during construction, with temporary speed restrictions in place until loose chip is removed and the highway is remarked.
Temporary speed restrictions will be used where road re-marking continues across the Coromandel leading into Christmas.