The Southern Corridor Improvements (SCI) project has begun opening new motorway lanes between Takanini and Papakura Interchanges, starting with a new third southbound lane between Pahurehure Inlet and the Papakura off-ramp this morning.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is holding an open day this Saturday to give the public a preview of the Whirokino Trestle and Manawatū River Bridge replacements before they officially open to traffic early in the new year.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises motorists travelling on SH25 between Whitianga and Kuaotunu that the road will be closed overnight between 8pm and 5am this coming Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights as works to repair a major slip continue.
The Rangitata River Bridge, SH1, is remaining closed today and likely overnight, as Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency teams work closely with Environment Canterbury river engineers to mend breaches in stopbanks ahead of more rain forecast for later this week.
Mid Canterbury’s Rakaia River Bridge, SH1, the longest road bridge in New Zealand at 1.7km long, is about to get some repairs. The repairs are needed because people drive into the sides from time to time.
Canterbury’s Upper Rangitata inland road, Route 72, linking Timaru and Ashburton reopened around midday today. It quickly filled with waiting traffic, with significant delays around the single lane Upper Orari Bridge and rural gridlock for several kilometres.
| Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Stratford District Council
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Stratford District Council are encouraging people to keep the Forgotten World Highway and other popular State Highway 43 attractions on their road trip plans this summer.
Work has started today on the expansion and restoration of two Tauranga wetlands as part of a collaborative project between Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and three local hapū, Ngāi Te Ahi, Ngāti Hē and Ngāti Ruahine.
The South Island remains an island of two road halves tonight, with both main highways on either side of the island split in two by river-borne floodwaters on the east side and significant slips and damage from torrential rain on the west.