REMINDER: Night closures planned for State Highway 6, Whakatu Drive, Nelson


Essential maintenance will see State Highway 6, Whakatu Drive, subject to night closures this month.

The highway will be closed between the Annesbrook Roundabout and Link Road/Raeward Roundabout for up to ten nights between 11 - 23 February.

A local road detour via Main Road Stoke will be available for all vehicles.

Contractors will conduct repairs on the road’s surface as well as the highway’s central median barriers. They will also do vegetation and weed control, street light repairs, and other general maintenance.

The maintenance work is part of the New Zealand Transport Agency/Waka Kotahi state highway summer maintenance programme. Regular maintenance on the state highway network is the most effective way of minimising the need for substantial and more expensive repairs.

The work has been timed to happen at night when fewer vehicles are on the road to minimise disruption as much as possible. A full closure also allows contractors to finish the work much faster and work in a safer environment with no live traffic lanes.

Because SH6 Whakatu Drive is an important link between Nelson and Tasman, road users must factor the work into their travel plans as the detours will mean slightly longer travel times.”

Detour routes

  • People travelling to Nelson Airport or businesses on Quarantine Road will detour via Parkers Road and Pascoe Street.
  • Access from Nelson Airport to the city will be via Quarantine Road, but temporary speed restrictions and traffic management will be in place.
  • The shared path next to the highway will remain open for cyclists and pedestrians in both directions.
  • The local road detour via Main Road Stoke has temporarily been approved by Nelson City and Tasman District councils for use by heavy vehicles.
  • This detour is expected to add up to 10 minutes to travel times.

Works schedule

  • 11 - 23 February, 8:30 pm to 5:30 am - excluding Friday, 16 and Saturday, 17 February.
  • State Highway 6, Whakatu Drive, will be closed in both directions, between the Annesbrook Roundabout and Link Road/Raeward Roundabout.
  • Following the completion of the night closures, contractors will continue side barrier improvement work on each side of the Nayland Road and Songer Street overbridges.
  • There will be other areas of work on our state highways across the top of the South during February. Please plan ahead when travelling.

Works map and detour route