A section of Okupata Road has been identified for traction sealing treatment and this is currently underway by Schick Civil Construction Ltd.
Traction sealing is when sections of unsealed roads are sealed to minimise the corrugation effect as a result of wheel action over the loose metal. This provides better traction for all vehicles in all weather conditions, making it safer, as well as providing lower maintenance costs over the life of the road.
During times of emergency, when State Highway 31 has been temporarily closed, Okupata Road serves as a viable alternative route to an from Kawhia. This traction sealing will result in a more resilient road during these times of temporary closure.
The traction sealing is funded in partnership with Waka Kotahi NZTA.