State Highway 6, Rocks Road, Nelson to open with traffic limitations


Following careful and considered geotechnical analysis, a green light has been given for State Highway 6 Rocks Road to partially reopen in Nelson.

The route will be cleared for use from 8.30 am today. It will be one lane and one way, under strict conditions.

Mark Owen, Acting National Manager Maintenance and Operations, says the decision has been carefully considered in partnership with Civil Defence and the Nelson City Council on geotechnical advice. Care is being taken to protect nearby homes.

“From tomorrow, the road will be open daily from 8am to 7pm to northbound traffic only from Tahunanui towards the City. It has been set up this way to reduce the impact heavy vehicles have on roadworks in Nelson’s CBD. A 30 km/h speed limit will be in place along Rocks Road and by Tahunanui to minimise the impact on homes at risk from a nearby slip.”

Mr Owen says Rocks Road will only be open to vehicles during daylight hours. For safety reasons, cyclists and pedestrians won’t be able to use the route.

“Geotechnical experts will do ongoing inspections of the route to see the impact the traffic is having on the road and nearby properties. If problems are detected, the road may close again at short notice, including during wet weather”, Mr Owen says.

Advice to road users:

In Nelson, the closure of local roads and the limited use of State Highway 6 via Rocks Road means congestion will be an ongoing problem. Drivers must factor this into their travel plans. We ask they show patience and consideration for other road users.

Across the wider region, roadworks will be ongoing for some time. Some of this work will result in road closures. When these are planned, we will let people know in advance. We also ask that speed limits be observed, and drivers are prepared for delays.

Most importantly, flood damage is present on most roads across the top of the South Island. It is vital people drive to the conditions and adjust their speed accordingly.