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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises that contractors will be undertaking essential maintenance activities across the Hawke’s Bay region over the coming weeks.

Regional Transport System Manager Oliver Postings says these essential works allow Waka Kotahi’s contractors to ensure the road remains safe for all road users.

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

The maintenance work includes filling pot holes, sealing cracks (which will prevent pot holes), cleaning edge marker posts, maintaining the road shoulder, and clearing drains and culverts.

This work will be undertaken at locations on State Highway 2, State Highway 5, State Highway 50 and State Highway 38.

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

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

“If you are using the roads during this period please remember to comply with any temporary speed restrictions through roadworks to keep workers safe.

“People should only head out for essential supplies or services, otherwise, please stay safe and stay home.

“If you must drive to access essential supplies or services please take care, drive to the conditions and adhere to the speed limits.”

Please note that while Waka Kotahi is working hard to provide up-to-date information, given the current operating environment under the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 some road works may change at short notice, and people are encouraged to visit the Waka Kotahi’s Journey Planner website (journeys.nzta.govt.nz(external link)) for real time information about their journeys.

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