Gearing up for construction
A construction crew is tooling up to start work on the State Highway 58 Stage 1 safety improvements. Heavy plant and equipment are being brought in and final touches are being made to construction packs about detailed health and safety and the mechanics of construction activity for workers. Site induction and environmental training continues as more workers arrive.
Construction Manager Dean Bennett says the team is excited and enthusiastic about getting the project going and morale is high.
From the 20th of October, they will be preparing for construction by marking the road and putting up concrete barriers at night, along the Stage 1 area from the Haywards end of SH58 to Mt Cecil Rd. Stop/Go traffic management will be in place to accommodate this early installation work and to guide motorists.
“Altering the road layout is vital to enable the works to be safely carried out over the next year or so,” says Dean.
But before the first sod is turned on 21 October, local iwi will bless the site - a practice Dean says is essential before construction starts.
In the first week of construction there will be some tree clearing and culvert works away from the road.
Dean says a major challenge coming up will be doing earthworks on steep embankments near live traffic on the highway.
“Careful planning and strategic traffic management will help us to overcome this challenge,’ says Dean.
Aluminium portacoms, anchored at the bottom of the Haywards Hill, are home to the construction crew. Kitted out with computers on desks and a meeting room, this is where the day-to-day operations are mulled-over and talked about. The lunch area for workers, is the hub of the office, while a hard-wearing stainless-steel barbeque and netted vege planters rest at the office entrance. Gone are the days it seems of the simple smoko shed.
Construction begins at the Hayward’s interchange end of the highway and will quickly ramp up to cover multiple sites concurrently.