Welcome to the latest update from the Tākaka Hill repairs team.
We're pleased to announce the project is largely complete and two lanes will be open for Christmas.
On Friday 17 December the traffic light system on the Riwaka side of the hill will be removed and two lanes will be back in action after nearly four years on this rebuild project, following Cyclone Gita.
The speed limit will be temporarily reduced for the busy holiday period, and to allow motorists to adjust to the road with two lanes; and again in the new year, when minor tidy-up works are being completed on the road sides. This will be done under localised traffic management, within minimal impact to traffic.
A long and winding road
With 15 worksites in total, the first 10 more straightforward sites were tackled in the first two years, with the remaining five more complex and higly engineered sites designed only after geotechnical investigations. They've been under construction over the past 18 months.
The first COVID-19 shutdown in April 2020 delayed the start on this work and pushed it into the winter months, affecting its final completion date.
The harsh conditions - it's very cold winter on the south side of the hill - and complexity of work required in these steep gullies have been extremely challenging for the crews.
Please tak extra care driving this narrow and windy road
With multiple bends and no median barriers to safely separate oncoming traffic - we ask everyone to please stay alert and keep left.
A massive thankyou from the team
Thanks for bearing with us, we know these last few years have been tough on everyone who uses this key route in and out of Golden Bay. Thankyou for your patience and understanding.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful, safe New Year.
The Waka Kotaki and Downer team.