Median safety barrier repairs and installation mean night-time detours through Richmond and Stoke


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will be repairing the flexible wire rope safety barrier on Whakatu Drive, Stoke, next week.

The same safety barrier is currently being installed on the Richmond Deviation to the south, also on SH6, and will require three nights of closure in the same week.

“In order to do this work safely in the centre of the highway, we need to close the highway to traffic,” says Andrew James, System Manager, Top of the South for Waka Kotahi.

Five nights' detour in Stoke

The Stoke section of SH6 will be closed between Annesbrook roundabout and the Raeward Fresh roundabout in Richmond Monday to Friday nights, 14-18 March, 8 pm to 5 am the next day.

Main Road Stoke is the approved detour route for all traffic while this closure is in place. (See map below).

“While we have this closure in place, we can also catch up with some other highway, vegetation and streetlight maintenance which it has been a bit harder to fit in, due to the very wet summer,” says Mr James.

If weather, or any other issues interfere with the planned works, the road may also be closed overnight on Sunday, 20 March.

Three nights’ detour for Richmond Deviation

The Richmond Deviation safety barrier installation means the highway will have a detour overnight Monday and Tuesday, 14 and 15 March, 8 pm to 5 am, for southbound traffic only. (Drivers heading out of Nelson.)

On the third night, Wednesday, 16 March, both lanes of traffic will be detoured 9 pm to 5 am onto Salisbury Road via McGlashen Ave and Talbot St.

Three nights of combined detour both projects

Salisbury Road connects to Main Road Stoke, the detour for the Stoke repair work. Both these roads have road works underway on them but are open to two lanes with temporary speed limits.

“We understand that this will mean longer journey times for everyone, and we appreciate your patience,” says Waka Kotahi Journey Manager Tresca Forrester.

“The night-times are when traffic volumes are at their lowest so the pressure on the detour route for residents is lower.  However, we appreciate that there is work happening on council-managed roads also and we are working closely with the council traffic managers to minimise disruption as much as we can.”

Pictured below: The Richmond Deviation detour route over the first two nights, then the third night.

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