A smoother journey is on its way, with just over one and a half kilometres of road on State Highway 6 Foxhill, Tasman, being reconstructed.
Update 20 November:
Work on State Highway 6 Foxhill in Tasman is tracking well and due to be finished before Christmas.
Contractors are more than halfway through the project. When it is complete, it will see just over one and a half kilometres of the State Highway at Foxhill reconstructed.
Due to the length of road involved in this project, contractors have done the job in stages.
While the resealing of stage one (at the northern end of the site) is now complete, and the road may look like it’s ready to be driven on, stop/go traffic lights must remain at the beginning of the site. This is to prevent vehicles stopping on the newly laid chipseal.
Temporary speed limits remain in place to keep road crews and drivers safe while the repairs continue.
While local road detour routes are available, Drivers are recommended to stay on the highway, as using local roads is likely result in longer travel times.
The work will continue until Friday, 15 December. Drivers should plan for around 15-minute delays through the area.
Contractors will be on the job at Foxhill, between Wakefield and Belgrove, for just over two months beginning Monday, 9 October.
The work will continue through to Friday, 15 December.
Rob Service, System Manager Top of the South, says many local residents and drivers are looking forward to seeing this part of State Highway 6 fixed.
“Over the winter season, we carried out a number of temporary patches on this section of road. But the road pavement has reached the end of its life, so we must get in now to carry out some long-term repairs. That will make the highway safer and travel easier.”
The work will be carried out during the day from Monday to Friday under stop/go traffic controls. Drivers will need to factor in around 15-minute delays through the area. There might be some instances where daytime work during the weekend is also required.
Rob Service says there will be a temporary speed limits in place to keep road crews and drivers safe while the repairs are underway.
“Due to the nature and timing of the work, we understand it will be a significant disruption this for many people who live on and drive on this road, including people travelling between the West Coast, Tasman and Nelson.”
“However, it’s a case of short-term pain for long term gain. It’s a bit like maintaining your house. The more upkeep you do, the easier it is to avoid bigger problems later on,” Mr Service says.
While local road detour routes are available, Waka Kotahi recommends drivers stay on the state highway for your journey, as using local roads is unlikely to result in faster travel times.