Shoddy workmanship on the Esmonde Rd interchange is being blamed for Auckland Transport’s (AT) decision to resurface Esmonde Road from its intersection with Barry Point Road to just short of the intersection with Lake Road. All four lanes will be resurfaced. Fulton Hogan is undertaking the work.
The interchange was completed six years ago, and despite AT releasing a Q&A document stating that 40,000 traffic movements a day is the reason for the repair, The Speculator understands there have been concerns with the quality of the work and some of the consulting advice received during the project.
Close inspection of an area of the bridge reveals the structure has sunk, leaving a gap between it and the road.
AT states in its document “Some parts of the road surface are literally cracking under that pressure and whilst we would have hoped it would last longer—and did consider the option of “spot-fixing”, we have decided the better option is to remove the existing surface and put down a more modern asphalt mix that’ll stabilise the road surface for at least ten years.”
The work should take four weeks, weather permitting. AT will start on Sunday 8th and hope to be finished by Thursday 2nd February. They will be working only at night, 6.00pm to 6.00am and not working at all Friday and Saturdays when night-time traffic is at its peak.
Two lanes, one each way will remain open when work is in progress, and all four lanes will be open during the day. There will be very brief access restrictions to and from Burns Ave and Eldon Street.