Major road projects begin for the summer season

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NPDC is underway with its summer maintenance on urban and rural roads throughout the district.


Work has started on a $3.3m programme to reseal about 50km across 75 roads between now and April, improving the surface for all users and waterproofing to improve the roads’ longevity.


“This annual work is about ensuring our roads stay in good condition and we choose roads based upon their condition and age,” says NPDC Manager Transport Rui Leitao.


Before resurfacing, we often do other work ahead of time to ensure the road is in reasonable condition, including repairing the road structure and drainage.


“Part of our work is to respond quickly to repairs after storms, especially on our rural roads that are vulnerable to slips and flooding, but a large part of our work involves regular maintenance and planned improvements.”


In total NPDC’s plans to spend $26.9m in 2023/2024 on road repairs, maintenance and renewals – around 80 per cent of the work 51% funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.


Around 21 sites needed repairing, including Mangaone (Inglewood), Moki (Uruti) and Matapo (Urenui) roads, as well as a new $500,000 retaining wall on Ngāmotu Road to repair a large slip caused by heavy rainfall in May.


On top of that is a number of asphalt repairs across New Plymouth from now until mid-November, including in central Fitzroy and outside the Vogeltown Countdown supermarket.


“These asphalt repairs are substantial projects and require a road closure, detour or stop/go controls – we’ll have the latest information on all these projects on our road works map on NPDC’s website,” says Rui.


Among projects underway or due to start:

  • Smart Road between Colson and Alberta Roads: started 25 October  
  • Bridle Street, Waiwhakaiho: started Friday 27 October  
  • Devon Street East, Fitzroy between Northgate (SH3) and Clemow Road: Sunday 29 October to 2 November 2023  
  • Hori Street, Vogeltown at the Countdown entrance: Friday 3 November   
  • Henwood Road at Paraite Road: Sunday 5 November – Monday 6 November. 


Go to our website for more information out more about road resealing or road works and disruption information.


Fast Facts

  • NPDC maintains 1,309km of roads, 255 bridges, five tunnels and large diameter culverts, 326 retaining walls, 8,039 streetlights and 630km of footpaths.
  • In total NPDC are investing $27m this year on road maintenance, operation and upgrades.
  • You can also find road works and disruptions information on our website.
  • About 80% of NPDC’s road expenditure attracts a 51% subsidy from NZTA.


Caption:  A culvert on Okoki Road, inland from Urenui, which was slumping and had to be replaced.