Road resurfacing work usually happens between October and March. Warmer air and ground temperatures allow the best results.
What to expect
If you live on a street due to be resealed, our contractor Downer will deliver a notification letter to your address about a week before the work starts.
On the day of the work, parking will be restricted and there will be temporary limited access to properties for pedestrians and vehicles.
This will allow full access for the construction machinery and help the job to run smoothly so it can be completed quickly.
We aim to reduce the inconvenience to you as much as possible, but there will be trucks, rollers and workers on site so expect some noise, dust and other disruption.
Stay safe around work sites
You can help keep everyone safe by:
- standing well back from the action and following any directions from the workers
- warning your children of the dangers and making sure they take care
- keeping pets away from the area while the work is in progress
Check your shoes/tyres
So that you don’t trek bitumen or sticky little stones from the recently resurfaced road, it’s best to avoid walking on any part of the road for several weeks at least. If you can’t avoid it, make sure you check your shoes or take them off before you go inside. You may also want to check them before you get into your car.
Advice for road users
To ensure a tidy finished road surface, please avoid any vehicle movements that could damage the recently resurfaced road such as:
- wheel spinning / rapid acceleration / braking
- sharp cornering
- hill starts
- Sharp steering or turning the steering wheel while the car isn't moving
About this work programme
Road resurfacing is crucial to the long term maintenance and safety of our District’s roads. Each year about 75 kilometres of road is resurfaced – or 8 per cent of the District’s 975km of sealed roads. It’s a $2.1 million programme of work, of which the New Zealand Transport Agency funds half.
Most of the resurfacing done is chip seal (small stones over emulsified bitumen) because it is a cost effective way to keep water out of the underlying road structure and provides a highly skid-resistant surface. Some resurfacing is done with asphalt (smooth black surfacing), however, because of the cost, among other reasons, this cannot be used everywhere.