Night time road works expected to cause hold-ups through Timaru

Traffic crawls through road workson Feburary 10 on State Highway 1 in Washdyke, Timaru.


Traffic crawls through road workson Feburary 10 on State Highway 1 in Washdyke, Timaru.

Traffic delays are expected through Timaru in the coming weeks as night time road works get underway at four locations on State Highway 1. 

The NZ Transport Agency said road works, which started overnight on Sunday, are scheduled to take at least three weeks to complete.

The night works, between 8pm and 6pm, are expected to cause delays from now until March 4.  

“Expect delays, stages of single lane, temporary speed restrictions and uneven surfaces,” NZTA said in a statement. 

“People are likely to encounter speed restrictions and other traffic management at roadwork sites and are urged to get in the habit of checking out what is happening on their route and planning their journey.”   

The first stage of work is under way at Washdyke where there will be delays until Thursday  as milling and paving work on the Hilton Hwy is carried out between Old North Rd and Washdyke Flat Rd from 8pm to 6am for up to six nights.

“We are milling out the old surface and paving new asphalt in its place.

“All lanes will be open again from 7am each morning but there may be delays during peak travel times associated with temporary speed restrictions and uneven surfaces.”

From Friday, night works will be underway between Babington St and Domain Ave on Craig Ave (SH1) until February 18.

On February 19, works are scheduled to get underway between Campbell and Trafalgar streets until February 25, while night works are set to start between the Port Loop Rd and Sophia St on February 27 and be completed by March 4.   

NZ Transport Agency network manager Jess McFarlane said travellers should also expect chip sealing in Temuka and a few smaller sites towards Ashburton.

“We are in the peak of our resurfacing season, which means motorists are likely to see road works sites on most of our state highways until the end of our season in April. 

“Road users are likely to experience delays of up to 10 minutes on this week’s sites, with works being completed under single lane stop/go traffic control.

“The traffic management plans are yet to be finalised for works later in the month so we cannot say for certain whether there are highway closures or diversions involved, but they are unlikely.” 

McFarlane said the cost of the resealing and pavement rehabilitation programme for 2019/20 for South Canterbury state highways was around £5.8 million.

“To ensure the safety of our contractors and all road users we ask motorists to be patient and slow down through roadworks sites.

“We thank all road users for being patient if they come upon a road work site, bearing in mind the summer season is the time we can best repair and repave highways successfully.”


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