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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises that resurfacing works will continue on State Highway 5 at the Dansey Road and Western Road intersections near Rotorua tomorrow (Friday 3 April). 

These works were underway prior to the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown and will be completed tomorrow.

Bay of Plenty Transport System Manager Rob Campbell says these essential works will allow the Transport Agency’s contractors to complete work on what is currently an active work site to ensure the road remains safe for all road users.

“Safely maintaining New Zealand’s state highway system is considered vital at this time in order to ensure that critical functions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus can continue.”

Stop/Go traffic management will be in place between 8am and 5pm, with a 30km/h temporary speed limit in place.

Mr Campbell asks people to be patient and respectful to roadworkers, and look out for their safety and wellbeing.

“If you see contractors out on the roads during the shutdown period please remember that they are carrying out essential work to keep us all safe.

“If you are using the roads during this period remember to comply with any temporary speed reductions through roadworks to keep workers safe. They are doing vital work and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.

“Only head out for essential supplies or services, otherwise, please stay safe, and stay home.”

Mr Campbell also notes that while the Transport Agency does its best to provide up-to-date information, given the current operating environment under the COVID-19 alert system Level 4 some road works may change at short notice, and people were encouraged to visit the Transport Agency’s Journey Planner website(external link) for real time information about their journeys.

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