Work at busy intersection falls behind

17:00, May 15 2012

Work on the $500,000 Omata Rd and Tukapa St roundabout in New Plymouth is about a month behind schedule, but motorists aren't reporting any major headaches at the busy intersection.

Work at the intersection, which has heavy traffic on school days, began mid-February and was initially expected to be finished by June.

New Plymouth District Council roading assets manager Max Aves said contractors had put in a "good effort", but delays with underground services meant work would now finish in mid-July.

Mr Aves said there had been "minimal" complaints about the work and most people had been reasonably tolerant of the inconvenience caused.

"It's a major road project, a busy road, in close proximity to schools so there will be delays at times."

Francis Douglas Memorial College principal Martin Chamberlain said council had briefed the school on the work, and he was happy with the progress.

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The site is a popular pickup and dropoff point for parents of students, as well as for school buses and church-goers.

Mr Aves said the upgrade would look similar to the recently finished Waimea St roundabout and would improve efficiency and safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

In addition to the roundabout, work included pavement widening, hotmix resurfacing, stormwater pipe upgrades, cycle lanes and the re-laying of underground cables.

Jimmy Hick is a Witt journalism student

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