The NZ Transport Agency has reopened State Highway 1 (SH1) north of Kaikōura - one year, one month and one day after the Kaikōura earthquake in November 2016, allowing people to drive through from Picton to Christchurch on the coastal highway route.
In advance of the reopening of State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura tomorrow the NZ Transport Agency is urging people to be aware of the night time closure hours which will apply to two sections of road just north and south of Kaikōura.
The NZ Transport Agency advises people who normally use State Highway 6 across the Pelorus Bridge in Marlborough that next Thursday night, 14 December, the bridge will be closed. The approaches to the bridge require maintenance repairs so the highway will be closed from 9 pm through to 5 am at the bridge.
With temperatures across the country much warmer than usual for this time of year, road surface temperatures are likely to be higher than 50°C today through Monday, 11 December, next week, says the NZ Transport Agency.
The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed that High Productivity Motor Vehicles (HPMVs) and overweight vehicles/loads (with a maximum height of 4.25m) which hold the relevant permits will be able to travel on State Highway 1 (SH1) between Picton and Christchurch from 15 December when the road reopens.
The NZ Transport Agency is inviting the community to have their say on possible ways to improve road safety in Mid Canterbury on State Highway 1, Rakaia to Ashburton. (Officially the project starts at the Selwyn River Bridge, north of Dunsandel.)