State Highway 20B Early Improvements Update
24 April 2020
Kia ora koutou,
Work is set to resume on State Highway 20B (‘SH20B’) after New Zealand moves to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has been working closely with Fulton Hogan and Construction Health and Safety NZ to plan for a safe return to work in SH20B following the end of the Level 4 lockdown period.
While some essential state highway maintenance work has continued during the lockdown in order to keep the network safe for the movement of essential goods and to support lifeline functions, all non-essential maintenance work and capital project work was stopped with the move to Alert Level 4 on March 26.
At Level 3, a range of new measures will be in place including restricted access to the construction site, requirements for workers to maintain physical distancing, and the use of additional protective clothing.
A small number of staff will be on site performing set-up activities on Tuesday 28 April and work will resume on the SH20B site at 7am, Wednesday 29 April.
You will see small groups of staff maintaining their `bubble’ etiquette at various sites along SH20B carrying out topsoil stripping, hydro-excavation, utility and bridge works.
The work sites will comply with mandatory requirements under Level 3 which include:
a full back-to-work induction that includes safety briefing
mandatory use of PPE
contact tracing and record keeping rules for entering and leaving the workspace
waste disposal and cleaning of tools and machinery.
All office staff and those who are not physically required to be on site will continue to work from home until it is safe to return.
Our priority is to ensure that the construction site along SH20B remain safe for your travel and we will keep proactive traffic management in place and appropriate environmental controls.
Please respect physical distancing and do not approach our teams or enter our work sites. We ask that you take care travelling through the site and keep to the posted speed limit.
Thank you for your patience.
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