Several vehicles hampered by potholes on the BoP highway


Dozens of cars were shown damaged by potholes in a video posted online.
Photo: Twitter / @BrinRudkin

Traffic management is in place over the Bay of Plenty Kaimai Ranges as a cluster of potholes continues to grow and disrupt traffic.

Footage from yesterday shows at least a dozen vehicles queued at the edge of State Highway 29 in heavy rain.

People seemed to be checking their vehicles for damage.

Contractors discovered a series of potholes on nearly 10 meters of road.

Contractors moved one lane to fill in the potholes, but more have since popped up in both directions, Waka Kotahi said.

A caterpillar lane is closed off Hanga Road near the summit today and there is traffic management and a speed limit for the weekend.

The region’s systems manager, Roger Brady, said the road deteriorated rapidly due to the heavy rain and traffic.

He said it’s becoming a growing problem.

“There has been a significant increase in potholes across the country this winter compared to the past three years.

“This is due to a combination of current grid conditions and the wet winter.”

Repairs will be made to certain areas of SH29 next month to strengthen the road structure, which Brady says will reduce the likelihood of potholes in the future.


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