Members of the public are advised to check the status of roads before they start their journey, as some may be closed. For State Highway information people can call 0800 4HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) or visit:
The accessibility of the roading network has been identified as an essential service during these trying times. To this end, Council has identified certain areas of work to be undertaken, to ensure the security of the network. Bridge inspections will continue to ensure the structural integrity of these critical structures. Downer crews will be continuing, with the Roadmen ensuring culverts are clear, signs and barriers are in good order and potholes are attended to and other crews ensuring drainage grates in towns are clear to prevent flooding. Jilesens are continuing with grading for trafficability and diggers undertaking water channel and culvert clearing as working drainage is a vital piece of infrastructure. Fallen trees and slips will be attended to as soon as practicable to ensure passage for essential travel is enabled.
Crotons Road Bridge - Ruatiti (2.6km)
Oio Road Bridge
The bridge before the Kaitieke Road intersection has been repaired. Councils bridge contractor Emmetts have replaced the bridge deck timbers, funded from existing RDC budgets and is now full Class 1 loading.
The road reopened to all traffic on 18 March.
Ongarue Waimiha Road
Contractors have completed pavement construction from 3.6 to 5.2km (past Knights Road). The final seal was placed on 3 March. Road markings have not yet been reinstated so Temporary Traffic Management is in place. Please follow all speed limits.
Contractors have completed the main drainage and earthworks from 14.9 to 16.8km and commenced stockpiling of pavement aggregates. Temporary Traffic Management is in place. Please follow all speed limits.
Ohakune Mountain Road
Contractors are currently preparing the pavement from 13.50 to 13.94 km (the Hairpin) for a temporary seal coat as alpine weather conditions will be unsuitable for this work once the COVID-19 lockdown has been lifted. The Ohakune Mountain Road is closed at the 9km gate.
Much of the Ruapehu Roading Network is ever susceptible to slips and dropouts due to the environment that we live in.
Crews may respond at any time to urgent jobs elsewhere in the district to clear slips and fallen trees from roads, and may leave the above sites unfinished but will return to complete once other sites are made safe. Please follow all Temporary Speed Limits and Temporary Traffic Management.
Mulch and Mow have suspended mowing of the district until the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted. They may, however, have to undertake site specific mowing to ensure sightlines are maintained along essential travel routes.
The wire and rubbish hidden in the long grass is the main cause of fires during roadside mowing, it would be helpful if people could keep their roadsides clean and clear. There is also scrub along the roadside which has a high fire risk. During fire ban seasons, they will focus on the blade work programme to remove larger branches, overhanging and encroaching vegetation.
Downer have undertaken seal repairs on Middle Road, Ongarue Waimiha Road, Poro O Tarao Road and Ongarue Stream Road, with fresh sealing chip remaining on the surface. There are also areas with no road markings so drive with care and to the conditions.
The prolonged dry weather means that there is a lack of moisture in the unsealed road pavement. Grading the dry roads to remove corrugations breaks up the bound surface resulting in the reworked surface corrugating very shortly after it is graded. Due to this and the number of calls Council has elected to focus on patch grading and areas which are in the worst condition. Therefore if you do not see the grader for an extended period or it seems they miss grading some corrugations it is because grading the road in this dry weather will create more problems.