Expect more commuter chaos

Last updated 14:02 07/02/2013

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Expect commuter chaos on Fitzherbert Ave again tomorrow morning as resealing continues between Park Rd and Te Awe Awe St.

Traffic was down to one lane this morning with long queues forming on the road and feeder roads as motorists tried to get to schools or work.

Palmerston North City Council programmes team leader Rob Campbell apologised for the delays, and asked motorists to go around the block to avoid the stretch outside Girls' High if they could.

The phasing on traffic signals at Park Rd was manually changed this morning to help relieve queues, and the same would happen tomorrow.

After that, traffic would be able to flow better, with only minor work to complete.

Mr Campbell said to have delayed a start on the roadworks until later in the mornings would have meant three to four days of upheaval, rather than two.

The $480,000 contract is on target to be finished by the end of next week, a week before Massey University's new semester begins.

It could have finished even earlier, but Girls' High asked for the resealing to be delayed rather than happen last week on the first days back at school.

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- Manawatu Standard


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