Acon Industries managing director, Eru Tuhakaraina, explains further, “We were sub-contracted to complete the mill and fill patching as part of WestLink’s contract to profile out 100mm of existing road and replace it with 100mm of modified bitumen asphalt.”
Running a 10-man crew from 6pm through to 6am each night, Acon Industries had 3-4 trucks cart the old material out and return with the new modified bitumen asphalt. Our part of the project stretched from Katikati to the top of the Kaimais.
“Everything went well,” confirmed Eru. “WestLink is happy with the work we have done, and we are happy with the results also.”
The project which is a partnership between Western Bay of Plenty District Council and NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), has already saved $50 million while improving road maintenance in the Western Pay of Plenty region. Judges of the ‘Infrastructure Project of the Year’ award praised the project as a good partnership resulting in clever contracting and substantial savings – with further benefits expected.