Clearing the way for City to Vickers project

17:00, Aug 29 2014

Motorists travelling north of New Plymouth city tomorrow should allow more time to get to their destinations.

NZ Transport Agency regional highways manager David McGonigal said the agency would begin clearing trees and vegetation for the $19 million City to Vickers project tomorrow to create a site yard which will act as a construction base for the project.

He advised drivers to allow more travel time because the work near the Waiwhakaiho Bridge would cause some disruption to traffic.

Fans travelling to the Taranaki v Bay of Plenty NPC game and people travelling to and from the airport would face longer travel time. The work is scheduled between 7am and 5pm.

"In order to remove the trees safely, we need to stop traffic while they are being felled," McGonigal said. Stop-go traffic control would be used on SH3 from the Smart Rd intersection up to, and including, the Devon St East intersection with Northgate. Glen Avon residents were asked to try to avoid using Queens Rd to access SH3 if possible.

The project is set to improve traffic flow, safety and walking and cycling in and out of the New Plymouth city centre.

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