Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound highway now open 24/7
8 October 2013
After several months of night time closures due to the rock fall risk at the western entrance to the Homer Tunnel, the Milford road has now returned to normal operating hours read more.
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On this page
- 10 September 2013 - media release
- 23 June 2013 - media release
- 14 June 2013 - media release
- 7 June 2013 - media release
- 7 June 2013 (PDF, 22KB)
- 20 May 2013 - media release
- April 2013 (PDF, 38 KB)
- 15 February 2013 (PDF, 45KB)
- 23 January 2013 (PDF, 43KB)
- 23 January 2013 - media release
- 9 January 2013 - media release
- 8 January 2013 - media release
- 4 January 2013 (PDF, 18KB)
- 28 December 2012 (PDF, 22KB)
- 24 December 2012 (PDF, 36KB)
NZ Transport Agency Southland Area Manager
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These photos graphically illustrate how quickly and dramatically the weather changes at the Diamond Pinnacle where a section of unstable needs to be removed to ensure road user safety at the western entrance to the Homer Tunnel. The before photos were taken on Friday 24 May 2013 when the compressors and drill rig were established on site. Just five days later on 29 May 2013 after a major storm this is how the same areas of the site looked.
As you are heading towards Milford you will travel through the Homer tunnel. This 1.2km tunnel means another 20 to 30 minutes to Milford Sound. Due to the current rockfall risk we have set up a safety traffic light facing into the tunnel. Should this light be red it is important that traffic stop as you do for any red light. A red light means rocks are falling from above the tunnel.
January 2013 - Temporary portal extension for Homer Tunnel
Work has started on the installation of a temporary portal extension at the Homer Tunnel on State Highway 94, as part of the agency’s efforts to improve safety for road users at a rock fall site in an area high above the western entrance of the tunnel.