New Zealand Transport Agency contractors will be undertaking three major roading projects and one smaller job in the Napier area over summer.
The biggest project is reconstructing the road base at the intersection of State Highways 2 and 5 some 15kms north of Napier and resurfacing the road with asphalt.
To be undertaken between mid-January and early February, the project will be a big challenge because of its location and the three weeks needed to carry it out during a busy time of year. Napier/Wairoa and Napier/Taupo traffic could be disrupted, including holiday-makers and the trucks that travel these routes.
The resurfacing of the Awatoto Road and State Highway 2 intersection with smooth asphalt may also cause short delays. Napier/Hastings commuters who use this section of coastal road south of Napier may want to choose another route for getting to work during the one week of roadworks in mid to late January.
In Napier, 330 metres of Hyderabad Road, from the Caltex service station to Georges Drive, is to be resurfaced in low-noise asphalt.
Scheduled for early in 2012, the two weeks of work is likely to affect commuters who use this multi-laned main road as a route from the west side of the city into the CBD. Nearby businesses and residents may also find their access is restricted for short periods while the surfacing cures.
Another Napier job will be the resurfacing of 300 metres of Pandora Road north and south of the Westshore Bridge and on the bridge deck itself.
Construction of a cycle lane was recently completed on this bridge following seismic strengthening undertaken two years ago. The new work, planned for January 2012, is expected to take a week and may be disruptive for commuter traffic and Westshore residents.