By Emma Sharplin – Emma@thepost.nz
Pukekawa resident, Chris Taylor put this photo up recently on social media for a laugh. While driving home along SH22 from Tuakau, just before the turn off to Mercer, he spotted this piece of road marking.
Judging from the comments left on this post, road markers painting over roadkill is quite a common occurrence in the Franklin area.
The Post Newspaper contacted New Zealand Transport Agency and Waikato District Council to see if they could answer our questions, in particular, what was the process of removing road kill before marking the road.
"Given the recent treatment of Kiwi’s in Australia, such as the decision to remove access to subsidised uni fees, we decided it was wholly appropriate to make an example of this seemingly innocent Australian pest who was caught napping on one of our warm rural Waikato roads," said Waikato District Council General Manager Service Delivery, Tim Harty.
"Seriously though, this does happen from time to time as the trucks that perform the road marking must travel at a constant speed to achieve the correct application rate of paint and glass beads and to maintain alignment with the existing road markings.
"Detritus, such as the dead possum in the photo, are sometimes not seen until the last moment and do occasionally get painted over. We do generally try to have the tail pilot vehicle remove the detritus and have the lines touched up."
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Photo by Chris Taylor/Facebook.
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