When will the road be open?
We plan to have the road fully restored to two lanes by mid-2021. It could be sooner, depending on the weather and work progress. For now, we ask motorists and the local community to bear with us as we work as quickly as possible to complete the work.
We understand that access through the gorge provides a much-needed break for locals from the extra time and cost of having to use the SH10 detour route, which can add 30 minutes to their journey. We also appreciate that allowing road users to travel through the gorge helps the local economy.
To support local communities and visitors to the region we are opening the gorge at Easter time. One lane of the road will be open to convoys of light vehicles during the busy holiday period. For details about the Easter opening, click here. For a map and summary, click here.
We will also be looking to open the road to convoys on most weekends after Easter if the initial convoys work well and there is sufficient public demand.
We continue to evaluate our work programme with our contractors for opportunities to open the highway at pre-arranged times to some vehicles.