The Takaka Hill Road, State Highway 60, opened to a single lane with escorted convoys in and out of Golden Bay soon after 9am this morning in the wake of extensive damage wrought by Ex-Cyclone Gita just under a week ago. Around 750 vehicles had made the trip by 11am.
“We’ve been pleased with how the convoys have been flowing this morning so thanks to everyone for taking care once underway,” says Transport Agency System Manager Frank Porter. “There is now capacity for vehicles wanting to head out of Golden Bay. The wait time at the moment is 20 to 30 minutes, but obviously that will vary so people should still be prepared for delays.”
The following are not be permitted to travel over the route, given the narrow and winding road condition with unsealed sections:
Pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles towing caravans, boats or trailers, truck and trailer units or over-dimension units.
If you have a caravan, boat or trailer, it will have to stay on whatever side of the Takaka hill you are on until further notice. The lack of maneuverability of caravans and boats around the narrow highway’s tight bends is the key reason for not allowing them at this stage.
There are waiting areas on both the Takaka and Riwaka sides of the hill. Crews are checking the types of vehicles and people’s need to travel. Vehicles that are able to travel in a convoy will be directed to a waiting area and those unable to travel over the hill will be redirected to a safe location to turn around.
“We continue to ask that people be patient and not take your frustrations out on the crews working on site,” says Mr Porter.
For more information and updates on work to repair SH60, Takaka Hill Road, visit www.nzta.govt.nz/takaka-hill