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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises essential safety maintenance will start Monday at the State Highway 29A Maungatapu roundabout.

Contractors may be on site to set up from Sunday 19 April, ahead of beginning work Monday to complete a full reseal of the roundabout. The work is expected to take five days to complete.

Bay of Plenty System Manager, Rob Campbell, says resealing the Maungatapu roundabout is required now to ensure the road is in a safe condition heading into winter.

“The skid resistance of the roundabout has reached a stage where it must be replaced as soon as possible. If we were to leave this work until after winter, it would pose a safety risk to road users.”

Mr Campbell says completing the work during winter conditions would hinder the new seal’s ability to stick to the road surface and increase the likelihood of pot holes and other defects.

From Sunday, contractors will be on site between 6am-6pm. During the works Stop/Go traffic management will be operating, and a 30km/h temporary speed limit will be in place 24/7 until works are complete.

Delays are expected to be minor due to the lower number of vehicles on the road.

This work is weather dependant and will be delayed if conditions are poor.

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

“Please remember they are carrying out essential work to keep us all safe.

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

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

Mr Campbell also notes that while Waka Kotahi 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 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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