Persistent, hard rainfall over Canterbury has closed a number of state highways today. Others are being watched and may be closed if surface flooding continues and as night approaches with reduced visibility.
The most significant rainfall in 10-years is predicted to fall in the Canterbury region this weekend with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advising motorists to be prepared for disruptions on the road network.
Updated - 24 May 2021: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has awarded a $5 million contract to build a roundabout to increase safety and reduce crashes at the Elles Road/ State Highway 1 (SH1) intersection in south Invercargill, with work already underway.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will be improving safety for pedestrians and other road users by installing pedestrian refuge islands in two Marlborough townships in coming months: Renwick, near Blenheim, and Rai Valley, closer to Nelson, both on SH6.
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A significant milestone in transport planning will take place next week* when the Nelson Future Access (NFA) project seeks Nelson City Council support for its preferred programme to enable a final round of engagement to commence.
People who regularly drive over State Highway 60 Tākaka Hill after 9pm at night and before 5am in the morning, will need to plan ahead following the school holidays, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
Manawhenua ki Mohua and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency are inviting the local community to provide insights to help develop the longer-term plan for the Waitapu Bridge site adjacent to the Tākaka River in Mohua/ Golden Bay.