Kamo commuters gear up for delays

By Alexandra Newlove

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The underlying surface of Kamo Rd is "aged, worn and damaged" and will be replaced over the next two months, meaning some delays. PHOTO/MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
The underlying surface of Kamo Rd is "aged, worn and damaged" and will be replaced over the next two months, meaning some delays. PHOTO/MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

There will be some delays for people commuting from Kamo and beyond over the next two months as a 1.2km stretch of Kamo Rd is ripped up and relaid.

Whangarei District Council's contractor Downer was undertaking the $1.4 million of work, as the underlying surface of the road was "aged, worn and damaged", said the council's roading projects engineer, Kevin Barry.

Contractors would balance the needs of commuters with residents' need for night-time quiet. The stretch of road through the busy Kamo Village (between Griffin and Lillian St) would take place at night, while a section north of this (from Lillian to Butler Place) and south (from Griffin to Hailes Rd) would be done during the day as these were residential areas.

Major work would begin next week and was expected to wrap up by December 9.

"There will be some impact here on access, parking and commuter traffic, but this will be managed in stages to minimise disruption," Mr Barry said.

"The works will be generally confined to the Kamo Rd traffic and asphalt parking lanes, but will also include short sections on the side road junctions."

The road would be open for traffic throughout the upgrade, but access to individual driveways may be limited at times. Residents would be updated as work progressed.

The site will be well signposted with any hazards controlled. But for the safety of the workers and those using this section of Kamo Rd, people are asked to take care when moving through the site and adhere to any traffic management measures that are in place.

"We apologise in advance for any disruption caused by these works and thank people for their co-operation," Mr Barry said.

"We can assure them the new pavement will be worth the inconvenience."

- Northern Advocate

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