When will the roadworks start?

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 06:26 20/12/2012

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January is nearly here, which means roadworks for Fitzherbert Ave in Palmerston North.

It is the third summer in a row that the Palmerston North City Council has set about strengthening and resealing the main route to Massey while the university and schools are on leave.

This year’s project is the stretch from Te Awe Awe St to Park Rd, said programmes team leader Rob Campbell.

Higgins will start work on the $480,000 job on January 7, starting with the Te Awe Awe St intersection, working back to, but not including, the Park Rd intersection.

Intersection works have been put off until the future use of the former bowling club land is decided.

The deadline for completion is February 15, although it might be earlier if the warm, dry weather continues.

Mr Campbell said the work was programmed to take place at the city’s quietest time of the year to minimise disruption to commuters.

The road will remain open throughout. Motorists are asked to take alternative routes if they are able, but Mr Campbell said working so close to the Fitzherbert Bridge meant there were few options for many people, who would have to accept delays at times.

‘‘We don’t really want to promote the use of very local, neighbourhood roads to avoid it.’’

Mr Campbell said the project would involve some reshaping of the road, strengthening the base of the main traffic lanes, rebuilding any points of weakness, and resealing with asphaltic concrete for a smooth, quiet finish.

‘‘The section is showing signs of stress, and we have done a lot of patching, which lasts for about a year. This treatment should give us a long-term solution.’’

Residents and motels have had letters apologising for the impact of the work, but for most people access to properties will remain open for all but a few hours at a time.

Te Awe Awe St to Park Rd is the final section of Fitzherbert Ave to be brought up to standard, after similar treatment of the College St to Park Rd section last summer, and College St to Ferguson St the year before.

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- Manawatu Standard

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