If you journeyed over the hill last week, you would have seen the diggers at work on the major slip sites, signaling the next phase of the project is underway. With most of the steel barriers now installed, the team has started preparing the slip sites by levelling the sites and drilling soil nails into the bank to support the road while the retaining walls are being built. Once this is done they'll start to build the rock-filled retaining walls which will enable the road to be returned to two lanes.
Upcoming night closures
The barriers around the slip site closest to Riwaka need to be refined to make it easier for larger trucks to navigate around them. These barriers will be replaced on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 of June at night. The road will need to be closed while this work is done.
While we encourage people to avoid the road during these night closures, it will be opened for a short period after midnight for essential travel over the hill.
Vehicles heading towards Takaka will be allowed through at 1am and those heading to Nelson at 1.15am.
Please note, only vehicles waiting at the lights at these times will be allowed access.
Cylists and bikes shuttled over the hill
A shuttle has been organised to take all cyclists and their bikes over the hill safely while construction is underway. The shuttle runs from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week. Please call 0800 909 696 when you arrive at either end of the lights and the shuttle will come and collect you and your bike.The phone number is also displayed at each set of traffic lights.
Thanks for your patience
The recent COVID-19 lockdown has had an impact on project timeframes. The project team is working on a revised physical works programme, with a focus on making up for lost time. Waka Kotahi is committed to getting the road back up and running as quickly as possible and appreciates everyone’s ongoing patience and understanding while this work is being done.