Road maintenance season begins

Drivers are urged to take care during this season. File photo.

Drivers in Western Bay of Plenty are being reminded to take care around road works sites as the new maintenance season get underway.

The reminder comes after an announcement yesterday that maintenance is to start on a key Tauranga roundabout at Elizabeth Street and Takitimu Drive from tomorrow morning.

Western Bay road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion is urging drivers to be patient and to drive to conditions.

“Road works can be a little frustrating but the end result is improved road surfaces which keeps us all safe. 

"Traffic management measures within road works sites are there to keep road users and construction workers safe,” says Ian.

Traffic management measures within road works sites can include layout changes, lane closures, stop/go controls and speed restrictions.

“It's crucial that motorists observe speed restrictions at all times – if it says thirty then that's the speed limit. 

"Speed restrictions also help to prevent windscreen damage, which tends to arise from people driving too fast through road works and flicking up loose chips into other vehicles.

"Even if there is no work happening onsite, drivers need to keep their speeds down to let the new surface cure - otherwise it can get ripped up and it will have to be re-laid, resulting in the restrictions being in place longer than necessary.”

Police are asking road users to keep themselves and road workers safe by driving slowly and safely though road works.

If you are aware of road works on your intended journey, be prepared for delays and leave extra time to get to your destination, says Police.



4 Comments

Tauranga Roads

Posted on 12-11-2017 08:10 | By collydogz

You have got to be kidding me. There is road maintenance going on all the time around this city. Tell me, when is the work on the express way at Maungatapu bridge going to be finished? It has been going on forever and half the time there is no one there doing anything. We are becoming known as Cone City. We love our orange cones.

here we go again

Posted on 11-11-2017 13:08 | By old trucker

yeah right, good chance to sit in trucks all day and look at their phones,and have 1hr smokos,if they did it properly they would not have to come back and do it again,putting hotmix into holes with water does not work, a lot of them dont care about this and only there to fill in day,and sit in truck all day,gosh if i was younger i would enjoy this work and do a good job, and pack it in,anyway there are plenty of holes out there to do, i will be keeping a eye out,Thanks to Sunlive for being No1 in News,Thankyou,10-4 out,phew.

Kenny

Posted on 11-11-2017 11:41 | By overit

they must have shares in windscreen places. I hate this time of year with road maintenance, I know it has to be done, but its painful.

Road maintenance

Posted on 11-11-2017 08:46 | By Kenworthlogger

Can anyone in the industry please tell me why they dont sweep the loose rocks off the surface when they are finished like they do everywhere else in the world?

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