Road works hold up Kapiti traffic

02:18, Jan 04 2013

Traffic is being held up by road works on the Kapiti Coast this afternoon.

NZ Transport Agency operations manager Mark Owen said road crews were working to reseal State Highway 1 at Paekakariki to make the road surface safer while the weather is warm and traffic levels are low.

Drivers would encounter road works in the next six weeks and should leave time up their sleeve for potential delays, he said.

''We'll be carrying the work out overnight because this reduces disruption, but there will be speed restrictions during the day as we need to keep speeds down to allow the new road surface to cure.''

''We thank people for their patience. We appreciate this work can be a bit of a headache for people getting around, but it's a case of 'short term pain, long term gain' to keep our highways safe and in good nick.''

Mr Owen said delays may be experienced in the mid-afternoon as ferry passengers disembark and travel north, as well as this Sunday when many people return home after their Christmas holidays.

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Summer was the best time to reseal roads, as the warm temperatures and dry air helps the new seal to stick to the existing road surface, he said.

''If we did the work in winter, the cold ground would mean the new surface would harden and crack, and we'd just have to do the work all over again next year - causing more inconvenience.''

Earlier this afternoon the backlog of traffic was almost back to Plimmerton.

The Dominion Post