Most maintenance and construction activity is already underway, however it may take some time for worksites to be fully operational and for all staff to return to work at alert level 1.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is committed to supporting safety to look after the well-being of staff, construction workers and road users, in particular during the higher COVID-19 alert levels.
In accordance with the Government guidance, at alert level 4, project roadworks (known as capital works) were not seen as an essential service and were stood down for four weeks.
At alert level 3, all physical state highway maintenance activities and capital works projects could resume, however each site had to develop a robust COVID-19 Plan to align with strict industry standards provided by Construction Health and Safety NZ (CHASNZ). These Plans were closely monitored to ensure each contractor is complying with strict health and safety requirements to look after both workers and road users.
Specific guidelines were developed by the Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) group for the safe return to the job for construction workers.
These standards and guidelines included measures for pre-planning work, documenting the health and safety of staff, physical distancing measures, cleaning of plant, tools and vehicles, and tracing people.
Plan ahead and play it safe for travel at alert level 1. Significantly more people will be using their cars and public transport and delays are possible.
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