Source: Whangarei District Council
Updated: 5/05/2020 7:23 p.m.
Roadworks are starting up around our District now that the country has moved into Alert Level Three.
After coming to an abrupt halt for the Alert Level 4 lockdown, roadworks are one of the industries allowed to resume under the new alert level.
This includes work on the Maunu and Porowini Avenue intersection as well as the Mill Rd roadworks – replacing kerb, channel and footpaths ahead of the road rebuild planned for later this year.
Whangarei District Council Capital Works and Procurement Manager Greg Monteith says Council contractors are gearing up to get back to work at sites around the District, although there are some additional Health and Safety requirements that need to be followed. “All our roading contractors have had to provide us with updated Health and Safety plans covering off issues such as maintaining social distancing, contact tracing, maintaining work bubbles, and following other protocols set out by the Government for working during Alert Level 3.”
Mr Monteith said the contractors he has spoken to are all looking forward to getting works underway as quickly as they can, once safety issues are worked through. “It’s going to be great for them to be able to get back to work, helping get the local construction industry back on its feet, as well as helping restart the local economy.”
Mr Monteith says that a small amount of works that are weather and temperature dependent have now had to be put off until the next construction season, which will start in September/October this year. “Unfortunately, the COVID situation has caused delays for some projects but any enabling works we can start up for these projects, we will get underway as soon as we can.”