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NZTA's SH25/SH25A Thames-Coromandel Update 4 August 2017

Coromandel Peninsula | Fri August 04, 2017

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Work starting to protect Coromandel highways

Work is starting over the next month on five sites on the State Highway network of the Coromandel where rock falls or slips have occurred this year. The New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) says the work will reduce the risk of further rockfalls or slips at these locations and protect the road from further erosion.

Including the initial emergency response, the total repair cost for these locations comes to $2.4 million.These sites are:

·         Diehard Stream, rockfall protection (Thames Coast Rd SH25). Construction to start soon.

·         Kereta Hill, retaining wall (section 1). Construction started 31 July.

·         Colenso, SH25 near Whenuakite, culvert replacement. Construction to start soon.

·         Pumpkin Hill, near Tairua, retaining walls at two sites. Construction to start in about two weeks

Additionally a further seven resilience projects are planned around the rest of the peninsula over the next year designed to both protect the road and reduce the risk of rock falls.  These projects are expected to cost $1.9 million.

·         SH25A near Kopu, retaining wall

·         Boundary Creek, rock protection wall

·         Kereta Hill, retaining wall (section 2)

·         Whangapoua Hill, retaining walls at two sites

·         Kuaotunu Hill, retaining walls at two sites

Remember to take care after heavy rain and check NZTA's website for updates

With the high levels of rainfall that the Coromandel Peninsula has experienced over the past several months plus the saturated ground conditions there is a high likelihood of further slips on SH25 and SH25A after heavy rain.

In these circumstances it is important that motorists drive to the conditions and at a speed where you can stop in the distance ahead that you can see.

It is also important to check NZTA's website for the latest information about road closures or work happening on the road before you travel. For details on how you can stay up to date, refer to the bottom of this update.

"We know that road closures are frustrating, both for locals and holiday-makers. We are fully committed to re-opening state highways as quickly as possible to re-connect communities and get businesses running as usual. Equally, we need to prioritise the safety of our workers and road users as the first priority," says NZTA.

Making the SH25/SH25A loop safer for motorcyclists

A project to make the northern Coromandel loop (State Highways 25 and 25A) safer for motorcyclists will start construction in the next couple of months.

This is a joint project between the Transport Agency and the Accident Compensation Corporation to reduce the number of fatal and serious injuries which occur on this route. It will do this by looking at a number of measures to make the route safer including better signage and visibility around corners, improving the road surface, removing or modifying roadside hazards and installing wider edge-lines.

Working on long term improvements for the Coromandel

As part of NZTA's road maintenance programme, $8.13 million is expected to be spent repairing and resealing the road pavement on State Highways 25 and 25A in the Coromandel over the next three years. That’s an increase from $4.72 million spent in the last three years.

In the long term the Transport Agency is committed to develop a joint programme of work with Thames-Coromandel District Council that recognises the unique challenges of the Coromandel Peninsula. We will share the details of this work with you as details are finalised.

How to stay up to date

·         The key traffic and travel source which provides up to date information on roads iswww.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

·         Follow NZTA Facebook and Twitter. 

·         You can also call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can provide traffic and travel information

·         MetService severe weather warnings can be found here.

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