Road Works and Conditions

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:​

•             www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/8
•             www.facebook.com/nztacni
•             www.twitter.com/NZTACNI

Temporary speed limits are used on active sites for the safety of the road users and the contractor's staff. Please follow the Temporary Traffic Management that is in place.​​

Crotons Road Bridge - Ruatiti (2.6km)

ROAD CLOSURE: CROTONS ROAD AT UPPER RUATITI STREAM BRIDGE AT 2.614 km FROM MANGAPURUA ROAD.

Council’s bridge contractor, Emmetts Civil Construction Ltd will be replacing the Upper Ruatiti Stream Bridge on Crotons Road.

The road will be closed from 8.00 am on Monday 8 June 2020 and is scheduled to be opened at 5 pm on Friday 26 June 2020.

The work will involve the removal of the temporary bridge and the existing bridge. The construction of a replacement of steel girder and concrete deck including abutments.

Council advises there are no alternative routes.

Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any queries please contact Andrea Nicol at Ruapehu District Council on 07 895 8188 or Etienne du Plessis at GHD Limited on 07 896 0122.

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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.

Pavement Reconstructions

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.

Ohura Road

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.


Footpaths

Simmons Road has been identified for Councils Footpath Development programme, to aid in the separation of pedestrians and vehicles on this area of the 5km fitness circuit.

In the TOWC February meeting, the committee agreed that the new Simmons Road footpath be constructed over a several year period.

Downer intend to commence Monday 15th June, the construction of a 1.5m wide concrete footpath from the end of the existing concrete footpath at the Lairdvale Road end.

The new footpath will be generally 1.5m behind the existing kerb and channel or 1m off the edge of seal where there is no kerb.

This new footpath will be 400m long and the works will finish at the DOC house driveway at 91 Simmons Road.

The work is programmed to be completed by 17 July, weather permitting.

Downer has undertaken a letter drop to the affected residents, for contact details for making provision for access while construction is underway.

The letter drop also notifies the residents that if they want work done on their driveways, they can directly approach Downers to undertake the work.

Emergency Works

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.

Roadside mowing

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.

Sealed Roads

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.

 

Unsealed Roads

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.   

 

Roadside mowing

Mulch and Mow have suspended mowing of the district until the fire risk reduces.  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.  In the meantime they will focus on the blade work programme to remove larger branches, overhanging and encroaching vegetation.  

Updated 27/02320

Page reviewed: 11 Jun 2020 2:36pm