Residents and regular users of State Highway 6, Dellows Bluff, near Murchison, can expect a bit of noise and some traffic delays from Monday, 5 December.
Mark Owen, Regional Manager Lower North Island/Top of the South Island, says contractors will be hard at work on the rock face responsible for rock falls that closed the highway in late July, earlier this year.
"This will involve some rock-blasting to remove unstable rocks and material from the cliff above the highway. We need to remove this rock to reduce the risk we saw in July, when some huge boulders fell onto the road. That's a driving hazard no one wants to see or tolerate."
Mr Owen says because blasting is involved, the road will have to be closed for safety reasons.
"We can't have traffic going through the works site while this is happening. But the work crews are making sure the closures will be short, ensuring that road users' delays are kept as short as possible."
Mr Owen says further work is also planned for the adjacent underslip.
“We know residents and regular users of State Highway 6 are keen to see this section of road returned to two lanes as soon as possible. Pile driving work has begun at the site this week and is expected to go through until Christmas. We do want to get this piece of road returned to two lanes as quickly as possible”
Waka Kotahi wants to thank residents and road users for their cooperation and patience while this vital maintenance work is done. Drivers are also asked to respect road work signs and temporary speed limits. This is for their safety and that of our work crews.