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Nevis Bluff between Queenstown and Cromwell gets pre-winter safety work for a fortnight from 2 May

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People who use the road between Queenstown and Cromwell, State Highway 6, may spot abseilers on cliffs and hear helicopters in the air at the Nevis Bluff from Monday 2 May.

As this is the first day of the new school term, people need to build in extra time on their journeys as delays will be inevitable for around a fortnight, said John Jarvis, Senior Network Manager, NZ Transport Agency.

The work is part of ongoing safety and monitoring of the Nevis Bluff, involving abseil inspection, rock scaling and helicopter sluicing to remove loose debris, heading into winter.

The Nevis Bluff is about half way between Cromwell and Queenstown – 25 minutes from Cromwell, 35 minutes from Queenstown.

Because road user safety is important, delays of up to 10 minutes should be planned for between 8am and 5pm weekdays through to Friday 13 May, Mr Jarvis said. This work is subject to weather conditions.

The Transport Agency thanks everyone for their patience and for taking care while this important safety work is carried out leading into winter.

  • People can check the www.highwayinfo.govt.nz, phone the Transport Agency’s 0800 4 HIGHWAYS info line or check the Facebook pages (www.facebook.com/nztasouthisland) and ask us questions there also.
  • Or follow the Otago/ Southland Transport Agency Twitter page here @NZTAOS.

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