News | 17 December 2019
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Summer holidays mean road crews will be busy

The summer break and warmer temperatures mean crews will be busy during this quieter period to do maintenance and resurfacing work to ensure our roads are safe and in good condition in our busy and growing city.

Road roller doing work followed by another road work vehicle.

The work has been scheduled during this time to cause the least disruption, and where possible some will be done at quieter times such as at night, or outside of commuter travel times.

This work is done over the summer months as the warmer air and road surface helps the new seal better stick to the road. Wet weather and other factors can delay roadworks, with work rescheduled to the next dry work day.

The Wellington City Council’s Transport and Infrastructure Manager Siobhan Procter says this is essential safety, road repair and maintenance work. “Good maintenance of roads and footpaths ensures our residents can get around the city and suburbs safely whether they’re on wheels or feet. Investing in infrastructure maintenance avoids costly repairs down the track and ensures we can keep the city up and moving.

“Our hard-working contractors do their best to carry out this work with as little disruption as possible, and we aim to keep the cost of this essential work as low as possible to Wellington ratepayers.

“As always, we offer our thanks to directly-affected residents and businesses and the travelling public for their patience while this critical work is done.”

Residents and businesses will be kept informed of work via letters from contractors and on-site signage – and all users are asked to please follow stop/go or detour traffic management when in place.

The major resealing and repair work starting Monday 6 January 2020, and throughout the month includes:

CBD: Lambton Quay (between Grey Street and Hunter Street), Courtenay Place (Allen Street to Taranaki Street), Murphy St, Mulgrave Street.

Southern suburbs: Riddiford St from Constable Street to Russell Terrace (night works), Onepu Road in Kilbirnie between Rongotai Road and Coutts St, Coutts Street and Tirangi Road roundabout, Breaker Bay Road.

Northern suburbs: Box Hill (Bridge and up to Nicholson Road), Ganges Road (Agra Crescent to Dekka Street), Ottawa Road (Waikowhai Street roundabout to Awarua Street), Tarikaka Street, Wadestown Road, Newlands Road, Moorefield Road.

Note, for a full and latest list of upcoming work, go to 2019/20 resealing work sites –

  • What road surface is used –
  • Wellington has 700 km of roads and each year around 10 percent are resealed.
  • In 2019, $11.7 million is being spent resurfacing roads, jointly funded with the NZ Transport Agency