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Reduced speed limits while urgent repairs carried out on Southland highways


The NZ Transport Agency is urging drivers to respect temporary speed limit reductions in place while urgent repairs are carried out on damaged guardrails at three different sites on Southland state highways.

Regional Journey Manager Graeme Hall says the lower limits are a temporary measure to ensure the safety of drivers until repairs to damaged guardrails can be completed on SH6 at the Lochiel Creek Culvert and the Makarewa Bridge, and on SH94 at the McKellar’s Stream Bridge.

Mr Hall says guardrails at all three sites have been damaged in recent crashes, and the speed restrictions are a temporary safety measure until the guardrails can be fully repaired, with all work expected to be complete within one week.

A 70km/h speed limit is in place at the two SH6 sites, with a 80km/h limit in place at McKellar’s Stream Bridge on SH94.

“We know that these temporary speed limit reductions can be frustrating for drivers, but it’s important that people understand why they are in place and we thank people for their patience and understanding while the work is carried out.”