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:
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.
Taringamotu Road temporary road closure notice for tree removal
As part of the Ruapehu District Council's programme for removing hazardous trees from road sides and increasing road visibility, the large gum trees on the road area known as the Ngakonui Straight, east of the Ngakonui Valley School, have been programmed to be cut down by AgSpec Services Ltd.
Due to land access issues, the trees are to be cut and felled onto the road carriageway. This is going to require extended road closure periods, to process the fallen trees and to enable pickup and relocation of the trunks, branches and head to adjacent properties.
The work is scheduled to commence Monday 29 March 2021 and be completed by Friday 16 April. No work will be undertaken during the Easter break Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April.
AgSpec Services wish to notify all road users of Taringamotu Road, that this part of the road between RAPID 983 and RAPID 1029, will be closed under manual stop/go traffic management for periods of up to one hour during working hours.
If you require any further information, please contact the Ruapehu District Council on 07 895 8188 or Robert Meehan, AgSpec Services Ltd on 027 224 7732.
ROAD IMPROVEMENTS NOTIFICATION: RIMU STREET FROM MIRO STREET TO OHAKUNE STATION ROAD.
Council's roading contractor, Jilesen Group Ltd will be improving Rimu street through Thames Street from Miro Street to Ohakune Station Road.
The road will be affected from 8.00 am on Monday 23 November 2020 and is scheduled to be completed at 5 pm on Friday 12 March 2021.
The work will involve earthworks, road widening, and concrete kerb & channel with a new footpath on one side. The construction of a new retaining wall will be required on properties 32 and 34 boundaries to retain the new road widening requirement.
Council advises motorist to adhere to the temporary speed restriction and drive to the road conditions accordingly.
Council does apologise for any inconvenience this may cause If you have any queries please contact Andrea Nicol at Ruapehu District Council on 07 895 8188 (ext 233) or Gerrie Knoetze at GHD Limited on 07 896 0125.
Ongarue Waimiha Road
Contractors have started with earthworks and pavement construction from 14.1 to 16.35km (past Paraketu Road). 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 they have completed the pavement and seal on the second half and continued stockpiling of pavement aggregates on the other half. Temporary Traffic Management is in place. Please follow all speed limits.
Poro O Tarao Road
Contractors have started with earthworks on this pavement rehabilitation site from 8.15 to 9.33km. Temporary Traffic Management is in place until the contractor will be back to finish the pavement construction. Please follow all speed limits.
Contractors have started with earthworks and pavement construction from the rail line in to the village and then from the T-junction down to the bridge (Ongarue Village Rd, Taupo Rd, Tuhua Rd). Temporary Traffic Management is in place. Please follow all speed limits.
Contractors will start with earthworks and pavement construction from 3.74 to 5.16km (Including Mangaparo Raod 4km Bridge Replacement) early in September. Temporary Traffic Management is in place. Please follow all speed limits.
Turaki Street Carpark
Construction of a larger carpark is underway.
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.
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.
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.