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Council urges care and patience during Fenton Street re-seal

Press Release – Rotorua District Council

Rotorua District Council is urging motorist to take extra care and be patient as works get underway next week (from Monday 10 February) to re-seal a major stretch of Fenton StreetNews Release
Friday 7 February

Council urges care and patience during Fenton Street re-seal next week

Rotorua District Council is urging motorist to take extra care and be patient as works get underway next week (from Monday 10 February) to re-seal a major stretch of Fenton Street.

The scheduled maintenance work will be along the southern end of Fenton Street between Victoria Street and the Sala Street roundabout

The council says that subject to weather conditions, the project is expected to take two to three days. Fenton Street will remain open to traffic throughout but there could be some delays at busier times of the day while sections are reduced to single lane traffic.

RDC Works manager Peter Dine says this stretch of Fenton Street was last sealed around 12 years ago and was scheduled to be re-sealed this year as part of a planned renewal programme. The work is co-funded by New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

“For technical reasons the new seal needs to be laid in summer but we’ve slotted it into a period in between the recent busy Raggamuffin concert weekend and the coming Bike Festival period to minimise disruption as much as possible.

“We’ve also selected a particular type of road seal material to minimise potential chip loss and reduce noise impacts.

“It’s important that these roads are re-sealed before their surface starts deteriorating as remedial work would then require substantial foundation re-building and it would become unnecessarily costly.

“Our contractors will have traffic management systems in place to keep their staff, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians safe. However people might find it more convenient to avoid Fenton Street next week where possible to minimise the chances of experiencing delays to their journeys.

“If you do have to travel down Fenton Street while re-seal work is being carried out please keep your speed down and exercise extra caution,” said Mr Dine. “Rotorua people are usually pretty understanding that these things needs to be done from time-to-time and that they can be accompanied by some inconvenience. We certainly appreciate the cooperation we can usually count on from our local residents.”

Mr Dine said letters had been delivered to businesses along the affected area of Fenton Street to alert them to the work getting underway next week.

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