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Long, dry summer days, perfect for roadworks

This page contains information about roadworks that will be carried out over summer.
Updated: 8/11/2018 2:11 p.m.

​More than 90 kilometres of Whangārei’s sealed roads will get fresh surfaces this summer, and four kilometres of new sealed road will be added.

Council has already started seal extensions, road upgrades and re-surfacing, making the most of the coming season of dryer weather and longer days.

Major roading projects have also kicked off for the summer roadworks season with Council widening Porowini Avenue intersections at Tarewa Road and Maunu Road and the New Zealand Transport Agency working to improve the intersection of Tarewa Road and State Highway one near Tarewa Park.

Almost $24 million will be invested in transport maintenance and improvements between now and 1 July next year. This includes:

  • new road sealing at Wright Road for $1 million;
  • $1 million in road drainage improvements;
  • $1 million to repair and replace structures;
  • $4 million to rehabilitate sealed roads; and
  • just over $4 million of re-seals.

Unsealed roads will also benefit from $800,000 Investment while $6.6 million of minor improvements will be completed across the network.

The rest of the work to be completed during the year, and over the next three years and decade is outlined in Council’s Long Term Plan.

Planned major roading projects include:

  • a new roundabout at Springs Flat which is predicted to bring growth and development to the area;
  • improvements to the southern entrance way to the city;
  • the four-laning of Riverside Drive (2024-25);
  • intersection improvements for One Tree Point Road (2021-22) and
  • the upgrading of the intersection of Kioreroa Road and Port Road (2021-22).

Why seal and re-seal?

The seal on a road is like paint on a house - it keeps the structure underneath dry, secure and sound.

But, like paint, it doesn’t last forever and requires maintenance and replacement to do its job properly.

Wear and tear, changes in temperature, rain and underlying ground conditions all mean the surface must be constantly maintained and repaired. There is no such thing as “once and for all” in the transport world.

My road looks fine

When the surface of a street starts to break down it is time to reseal. The ideal time to reseal is just before any damage occurs, so a road may still look to be in good condition. We aim to keep it that way.

Didn’t they just do that bit?

Sometimes it can be frustrating to see road repairs happening in the same spots repeatedly.

This is not because the road works are failing, it is because road surfaces are built in layers and that requires a number of repair stages be done in the right sequence.

Rather than doing all the stages in one spot, involving all the materials and equipment to be taken there, Council goes over the whole network doing one stage, then goes over again, doing the next stage and so on, until it is all done. It is more cost efficient this way.

The chip seal process:

  • Minor repairs are carried out prior to resealing.
  • The contractor will contact residents in the street about a week before work begins.
  • Hot bitumen is sprayed and stone sealing chips are spread and rolled in.
  • Excess sealing chips are swept away and road marking is reinstated a few days after sealing.
  • As many as three additional sweeps may follow in the next six months.

Sometimes contractors carry out staged repairs on roads one year, before the same section of road is resealed a year later.

Why summer?

The drier months with longer days are better for building roads because the different layers that make up the roads stick better to each other when they can be kept dry. Longer daylight hours also mean more work can be done each day without lights, which is safer and less expensive.

Ashphalt repairs will be done on the following roads this year

Okara Ward

  • Raurimu Ave
  • Beach Rd
  • Pah Rd
  • Anzac Rd
  • Morningside Rd
  • South End Ave
  • Gumdigger Pl
  • Bounty Pl
  • Hewlett St

Bream Bay Ward

  • Marsden Point Rd
  • McCathie Rd

Denby Ward

  • Kiripaka Rd
  • Corks Rd
  • Spedding Rd
  • Paramount Pde
  • Gillingham Rd
  • Heretaunga St
  • Otuhiwai Cres
  • Station Rd
  • Korau Rd

Hikurangi/Coastal Ward

  • Marua Rd

The following roads have been scheduled for new chip seal this year but may be subject to change

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​Anzac Rd
Apotu Rd
Ata Mahina Way
Beach Rd High Access 2
Boswell St
Braintree St
Carr St
Cartwright Rd Service Lane
Cemetery Rd
Central Ave
Cinder Way
Clark Rd Service Lane No 4
Codlin Rd
Corbett Rd
Cove Rd
Crane Rd
Curd Rd
Dip Rd
Drake Rd
Dune Lake Pl

Edward Rd
Eilean Donan Dr
Finlayson Rd
First Ave
Garland Rd
Glenn Rd
Grahamtown Rd
Harris Rd
Herekino St Carpark
Herekino St Service Lane No.3
Hewlett St
Holland Rd
Irvine Rd
Jordan Valley Rd
Kaiatea Rd
Kamahi Pl
Kara Rd
Kauri Pl
Kiteone Rd
Kohe St

Kokopu Block Rd
Kokopu Rd
Kowi Lakes Dr
Lamb Rd
Limeburners St
Mangakura Rd
Manganese Point Rd
Mangapai Rd ​
Marsden Bay Dr
Marsden Point Rd
Matapouri Rd
Matarau Rd
Maungakaramea Rd
Maurton Pl
McAlister Rd
McBeth Rd
McCardle Rd
McEwan Rd
Memorial Dr
Mokau Rd

Munro Pl
Ngahere Dr
Ngunguru Rd Nth
Nikau Pl
Norris Rd
Nova Scotia Dr
Old Parua Bay Rd Nth
Old School Rd
One Tree Point Rd
Orari Pl
Pearce Dr
Pearson Rd
Pipiwai Rd Nth
Pirihi Rd
Poto St
​Ruakaka Beach Rd
Railway Rd
Railway Station Carpark
Rauiri Extension
Riverside Dr South
Robert St
Roto View

Saleyards Rd
Sandford Rd
Sando Way
Sea Dune Pl
Seaview Rd
Second Ave
Shoebridge Cres
​Simons St
Smithville Rd
Snooks Rd
St Marys Rd
Sunnyside St
Taha Rd
Tatton Rd
Te Maika Rd
Te Rongo Rd
The Heights
Third Ave
Thompson Rd
Three Mile Bush Rd Nth
Tikorangi Pl
​Tuatara Dr
Tudehope Rd
Tutukaka Block Rd
Vinegar Hill Rd Nth
Waiotira Rd
Waiotoi Rd
Waipu Gorge Rd
Whananaki North Rd
Whangarei Heads Rd Nth
Whangaruru North Rd
Whangaumu St
Whareora Rd Nth
Whatitiri Rd
Wilkinson Ave
William Jones Dr
Wilson Rd
Woodward Rd
Wright Rd



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