Apology, investigation after stone damage to cars from roadworks

WHAT A MESS: Loose stones from chip-seal resurfacing on Wainui Road/State Highway 35 caused damage to cars and left a mess over a lengthy stretch of city streets on Tuesday. Tairawhiti Roads has apologised and says it is investigating the cause. Pictures by Paul Rickard
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Gisborne motorists were left with damaged vehicles on Tuesday after loose stones from roadworks caused issues on State Highway 35.

People on social media reported broken windscreens and damaged tyres due to loose stones on a stretch of highway between Wheatstone Road and Oneroa Road.

Tairawhiti Roads apologised for the incident, the cause of which was being investigated.

“We are aware of issues with planned chip-seal resurfacing on Wainui Road/SH35,” Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield said.

“Together with our contractors we are responding to complaints from drivers whose vehicles have been damaged by loose chip and investigating the cause behind the issue.

“The site was shut down on Tuesday, with the immediate focus on cleaning the area and preventing any further chip seal from tracking,” said Mr Hadfield.

“Water carts were brought to the site to cool down the road surface, with broom trucks and a suction truck clearing the chip seal away.

“Work crews also worked with Kaiti School to ensure traffic was managed around peak times.

“We will be working with our contractors to prevent this happening again and apologise to anyone who may have been affected.”

Gisborne motorists were left with damaged vehicles on Tuesday after loose stones from roadworks caused issues on State Highway 35.

People on social media reported broken windscreens and damaged tyres due to loose stones on a stretch of highway between Wheatstone Road and Oneroa Road.

Tairawhiti Roads apologised for the incident, the cause of which was being investigated.

“We are aware of issues with planned chip-seal resurfacing on Wainui Road/SH35,” Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield said.

“Together with our contractors we are responding to complaints from drivers whose vehicles have been damaged by loose chip and investigating the cause behind the issue.

“The site was shut down on Tuesday, with the immediate focus on cleaning the area and preventing any further chip seal from tracking,” said Mr Hadfield.

“Water carts were brought to the site to cool down the road surface, with broom trucks and a suction truck clearing the chip seal away.

“Work crews also worked with Kaiti School to ensure traffic was managed around peak times.

“We will be working with our contractors to prevent this happening again and apologise to anyone who may have been affected.”

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