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Autumn scaling and abseil inspection Nevis Bluff, Queenstown Lakes District, from Monday 6 May for three weeks


People who use the road between Cromwell and Queenstown, State Highway 6, may spot additional abseilers at the Nevis Bluff from Monday 6 May.

The NZ Transport Agency’s Aspiring Highways team is about to start their autumn scaling and abseil inspection work on the Bluff, in conjunction with the current rock stabilisation on the Pinnacle Ridge rock feature that started on 26 March.

  • The Nevis Bluff is about half way between Cromwell and Queenstown – 25 minutes from Cromwell, 35 minutes from Queenstown
  • This work is subject to weather conditions.
topographic map showing Nevis Bluff

Nevis Bluff, SH6, at marker

"During the scaling and abseil inspection work for the safety of road users, delays of up to ten minutes should be planned for between 8 am and 5 pm weekdays through to Friday 24 May”, says Mark Stewart, Central Otago Maintenance Contract Manager, NZ Transport Agency.

“At the same time work will continue on the stabilisation of the Pinnacle Ridge rock feature, which has been progressing well since commencing on 26 March. There will be three abseil crews working on the rock face during this time”, Mr Stewart says.

Following the completion of the scaling and abseil inspection work on 24 May, the rock stabilisation work will continue with minimal disruption to road users through to mid June.

Aspiring Highways and the Transport Agency remind drivers to take extra care around any road crews or traffic management sites.

The Transport Agency thanks everyone for their patience while this important safety work is completed.

Two abseil drilling crews working on the Pinnacle Ridge rock stabilisation works

Two abseil drilling crews working on the Pinnacle Ridge rock stabilisation works in April

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