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Gladstone Road surface makeover

2 Mar 2018

Gladstone Road surface makeover


Gladstone Road is set to get a whole lot better over the coming month.

Downer started work on Monday 12 March on improving the strip from Derby Street right through to Carnarvon Street, with major repairs at the Disraeli intersection.

Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield is asking the community to be patient.

“It will be inconvenient for some time, but long-term it's better for the city,” he says. “Travelling along Gladstone Road will be a much more enjoyable experience when the work is completed.”

Contractors will endeavour to work on a single lane at a time, but potentially both lanes may be required, therefore parks outside some shops will be affected.

Work will start first between Derby and Cobden streets.

During peak time traffic times, roadusers should consider an alternative route or allow for delays.

We've had a couple of “false starts” where we had planned to start late February, but several key factors like weather, resources, asphalt delivery all have to align.

A specialist paving team has been established to complete the work. The team will be fully self-sufficient with specialist plant and crew, including supervision and quality assurance on-site who will be testing the newly-constructed surface for pavement thickness and air voids.

“This will provide certainty of ride quality and compaction,” says Dave.

A front line Vogele paver will also be used, along with a combination of 4 and 8 tonne asphalt rollers.

The entrance to Pak’n Save will also be repaired, this means people will need to use the Cobden or Carnarvon street entrance while work is underway.

“Projects like this require good traffic management to ensure things keep flowing smoothly,” says Dave. “Downers will be working hard to manage the traffic during the rebuild while still trying to provide parking spaces to adjacent businesses. It's a real balance to get that just right.”

Work is scheduled to run from 7am-8pm Monday to Saturday, with the possibility of some work on Sunday if needed.

Sixty-three percent of the $923,000 cost of the project has been funded by NZTA, with the balance from Council. 

The asphalt will be produced locally by Fulton Hogan with a backup plant in Rotorua on call if needed.

We thank the community especially the adjacent businesses for their patience during this period.

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