Govt driving record road renewals this summer

  • Hon Phil Twyford

The Government will carry out the largest programme of state highways repairs and renewals this summer ever, Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced.

Around 1,200 kilometres of state highway will be repaired and renewed over the 2019/20 summer season.

Phil Twyford says road maintenance expenditure flatlined under the last government while the cost of labour and materials grew by 12 per cent and traffic grew by 15 per cent.

“Our Government is now getting on with addressing the maintenance backlog caused by nine years of underinvestment. 

“Last year, NZTA delivered its biggest recorded programme of road maintenance and is on track to deliver 60 per cent more renewals compared to under the previous government – that’s around 350kms more a year.

“We’re taking a balanced approach and spending more on roads than the last government, but also more on public transport, rail, and walking and cycling infrastructure.

“Making sure our roads are up to scratch is just one part of what we’re doing to keep Kiwis safe while travelling. We’re also carrying out lifesaving upgrades over 3,300kms of state highways which will prevent 160 deaths and serious injuries every year,” Phil Twyford said.

The ‘summer season’ runs from October to March and is the best time to build and maintain roads as the warmer weather and ground temperatures are ideal for laying surfaces. The state highway renewals over the summer are expected to cost $155 million.

The regional totals of lane kilometres* planned for resealing in the 2019-20 summer season
Region Lane Kilometres
Northland 212.4KM
Auckland 109.1KM
Gisborne 103KM
Bay Of Plenty 150.7KM
Waikato 430.7KM
Hawkes Bay 55.6KM
Taranaki 81.9KM
Manawatu/Whanganui 105.4KM
Wellington 92.7KM
Marlborough 13.6KM
Nelson/Tasman 118.7KM
West Coast 133.1KM
Canterbury 263.2KM
Otago 276.3KM
Southland 119.8KM

*Lane kilometres refers to the total length of lanes to be resealed – i.e. resealing both lanes of a five kilometre stretch of two-lane highway equals ten lane kilometres.