Signage amnesty hits the road

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12/09/2019 4:00:00 p.m.

12 September 2019

Whanganui District Council Roading Alliance partner, Downer, is running a “no-questions-asked” amnesty for the return of temporary signs stolen from roadwork sites.

The Council’s Senior Roading Engineer Brent Holmes says Downer recently worked on a job in Ingestre Street and over two weekends had nine signs stolen.

“These signs are in place to advise and guide road users safely through roadworks. When they are taken this places road users at risk until they are reported missing and replacement signs can be put in place.

“The cost of replacement signs is ever increasing, which ends up costing our community. Because contractors don’t have endless supplies sitting around some jobs can be delayed until replacement signs are brought in,” says Brent Holmes.

“Downer ran a similar amnesty in New Plymouth about two years ago that was a great success. They collected any signs regardless of which company owned them and then organised to get them back to the rightful owner at the end of the amnesty.

“We accept that signs are sometimes left behind at properties, so that is why the amnesty is no-questions-asked for a set period,” says Brent Holmes.

The Whanganui amnesty will run from Monday, 16 September to Friday, 4 October 2019. Road signs can be dropped at: Downer Whanganui, 501 Heads Road, Castlecliff.

They can also be collected by notifying Downer on (06) 349 2510 with location details.

The Whanganui Roading Alliance is an alliance between the Whanganui District Council and Downer NZ to jointly undertake the management and maintenance of Council-owned roads in the Whanganui District.

Page reviewed: 12 Sep 2019 4:00pm