Roading crew reseals around abandoned car in Hamilton
Sometimes you just have to find a way around a problem.
That's exactly what roading contractors did when faced with an abandoned car on a Hamilton street they needed to reseal.
They put the new layer of chip seal on Waimarie Street and neatly worked around the car.
The crews work under the Infrastructure Alliance and no-one was available for an interview but, in a statement, manager Kirsty Marlow said she understood that could look odd.
"It is simply the most efficient way of completing our work in these circumstances," she said.
The crews have a list of streets to get through in the quiet traffic period after Christmas, creating a tight schedule.
"From time to time, we have vehicles which are left on the street and, rather than cancel that programmed work, we do as much as we can and then return later to complete the small areas where the vehicles were," Marlow said.
"It is not ideal, but it is far better than disrupting our entire resealing programme, as we have traffic management plans in place for the dates we work on."
The Waimarie Street car is on blocks and appears abandoned, Marlow said.
The alliance is working to get the car removed if required.
The group tries to get more roadworthy cars out of the way by doing letter drops before sealing to warn residents, or by speaking with residents to have vehicles moved.
Several dozen streets around Hamilton are due for a touch-up as part of the summer road resealing plan.