Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail geotechnical advisors and highway and rail managers have been meeting this week on the West Coast to discuss what will be done to return Omoto, east of Greymouth, to a safe highway and rail link.
Consultation starts next week, from Labour Day, on two highway speed reviews in the Clutha District, as part of a Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency initiative identifying highways where lower speed limits could make a big difference in preventing deaths and serious injuries, and where communities are calling for change.
Ahead of the three-day Labour Weekend, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency reminds travellers of a useful tool that shows predicted traffic flows at particular times, based on previous years’ travel patterns.
Work will start soon on the construction of the final section of the Dunedin to Port Chalmers shared path for cyclists and walkers alongside highway safety improvements between St Leonards and Port Chalmers.
Otago and Waitaki area drivers need to be aware of work beginning after Labour Weekend on SH1’s Waiareka Creek Bridge, 8km south-west of Oamaru. The work will reduce the bridge to single lane, 30km/h, for all of November.
State Highway 7 access to Greymouth from Stillwater and Kaiata will remain closed while the landslide at Omoto continues to show signs of ongoing instability, says Moira Whinham, Maintenance Contract Manager, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
The NZ Transport Agency today reopened State Highway 7 at Omoto for single lane traffic at 7 am and intends to keep the highway open 24/7, barring future movement caused by wet weather, or other safety concerns.
The NZ Transport Agency’s Aspiring Highways team has started summer road works on Central Otago/ Queenstown Lakes District highways to ensure well maintained road surfaces and safe journeys for all road users.