Heavy Rain Watch - What you need to know

Metservice NZ has issued a Heavy Rain Watch for the Waikato region, in place from 2am–3pm, Wednesday 1 February.

Given the large amount of rainfall that our district has experienced over the past few days, we are urging residents to continue to take care and stay aware of the conditions in their area. Further rainfall could quickly exacerbate existing slips, river levels and produce further flooding quite quickly.

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WDC’s season of maintenance and pavement rehabilitation delivers for residents

19 Dec 2022, 8:40 AM

Waitomo District Council’s roading department is gearing up for a full season of works with road maintenance and pavement rehabilitation scheduled for the coming months.

WDC’s maintenance programme will see around 4.2km roads receiving an upgrade between now and the end of May, including Waimiha Road, Te Anga Road and Taharoa Road.

Works include full pavement reconstruction with a new seal coat, pavement widening and other minor safety and drainage improvements.

General Manager Infrastructure Services, Shyamal Ram says pavement rehabilitation can last up to 25 years, depending on traffic volumes, with road selection based on the seal’s condition and age.

“We’ve got more than 1000km of both urban and rural roads that we manage, and many have been badly impacted by severe weather events this year. This can prove challenging when we need to switch much of our focus to recovery,” he says.

“Our annual work programme is about ensuring roads stay in good condition, with prevention being the key.”

The contract for Waitomo District Councils pavement rehabilitation programme has been awarded to Inframax Construction Limited.

While the sites are under construction there will be traffic management in place which will cause some minor delays.

Work will start after Christmas and is set to be completed by May 2023.

More than 32km of resurfacing will also take place over several streets and roads throughout the district. The average life of a seal coat in our district, is approximately 7 years.

WDC’s maintenance programme is 75% funded by Waka Kotahi – NZTA.

This year’s pavement rehabilitation sites are:

  • Waimiha Road - from State Highway 30 – 150m past the railway tracks
  • Te Anga Road - from Speedies Road to Marakopa Road
  • Taharoa Road - from the bottom of the hill at Te Waitere through to the Quarry