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Major work starts Monday on Hillsborough Road

23 February 2006

Major work starts Monday on Hillsborough Road

Work to rebuild and resurface Hillsborough Road starts on Monday, 27 February with significant traffic diversions in place from that day.

The $1.3 million project will be carried out in stages. The first stage of work is between Richardson Road and Hillsdale Street, and is expected to take around eight weeks to complete. Stage two, between Olsen Avenue and Goodall Street, will start within the next two months.

Auckland City has contracted Fulton Hogan Ltd to undertake both stages of the work.

Stage one traffic diversions will redirect eastbound traffic from Hillsborough Road, between Richardson Road and Hillsdale Street. Motorists will be diverted to Whitmore Road, then Richardson Road to re-join Hillsborough Road.

Westbound traffic (towards Lynfield) will have temporarily reduced traffic speeds on Hillsborough Road for the duration of the work, which could cause delays.

"It's important people familiarise themselves with the Hillsborough Road detours, choose alternate routes and give themselves a bit more time to get where they need to go," says Chris Gasson, Auckland City's service delivery manager.

"This is the busiest time in the construction calendar. You can't complete this type of work when it rains, so we have to make hay while the sun shines. The council has a large resurfacing programme to get through each financial year.

"There is considerable road work underway across the city at the moment and we ask for motorists to be patient.

"Every effort is made to ensure as little disruption to motorists as possible. Traffic management around the Hillsborough site is complex, and we are working hard to minimise disruption between this and other work happening in the area," says Mr Gasson.

Resurfacing involves excavating the existing road surface and underlying soil, and rebuilding the road layers to make it stronger. It is a vital part of road upkeep and ensuring the city's roads are safe.

Each year, Auckland City invests around $65 million to maintain the city's 1,415km road network.

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