Work has started on the rehabilitation of two sections of Thompsons Track and road users are advised to prepare for possible delays.
The work on Thompsons Track is the beginning of a long term project to strengthen, widen and seal this road benefiting a high number of users.
Asset Management Engineer Geoff Rhodes says work will be ongoing at both sites to keep the length of time that disruption will occur to a minimum and asks that road users drive slowly and carefully through the road works.
"It is likely this work is going to cause minor delays for road users so our advice is to factor that into any travel plans and to drive with extra care as there will be a lot of activity happening at the sites."
Work is programmed to be completed at both Thompsons Track sites by the end of March.
Work is already underway at the site between Braemar Road and Methven Highway (SH 77).
Mr Rhodes says because a lot of excavation work will be happening at this site, at times a detour will be in place when required, this is to ensure the safety of staff and the safe flow of traffic. The signposted detour is onto Pole and Springfield Roads.
The second Thompsons Track site is an area located between Martins Road and Dromore Hatfield Road, near Rakaia and construction will commence shortly.
This site will remain open to traffic but will be reduced to one lane with a 30km/h speed restriction.
Thompsons Track currently experiences about 1000 vehicle movements a day, of which around 13 per cent are heavy commercial vehicles. In August last year Council allocated an additional $1m of funding for Thompsons Track due to the number of potholes and other issues being continually reported and repaired along this road.
Mr Rhodes says there are multiple ongoing and upcoming road maintenance and repair programmes happening in the district over the summer months which may also cause some delays for road users.
Other road works currently being carried out in the district as part of Council's annual improvement programme includes Forks Road at Alford Forest which is set to continue into February this year. At times this will be restricted to one lane.
Further roadworks programmed for this financial year include a further 6km of road rehabilitation, 50km of ongoing sealed road resealing, more than 60km of drainage improvements, about 1.7km of kerb and channel replacement and over 2km of footpath resurfacing.
Click here to see a map of the sites on Thompsons Track.