NZ Transport Agency contractors will resume on-site work first thing Wednesday morning after working urgently throughout the day Tuesday to assess the safety of key South Island state highway routes, clear slips and safely re-open roads as soon as conditions allow.
NZ Transport Agency contractors will resume work at first light tomorrow to assess the safety of key South Island state highway routes and continue clearing slips to safely re-open roads as conditions allow.
Following a series of earthquakes and aftershocks throughout Monday 14 November, the NZ Transport Agency is continuing to assess state highways across the top of the South Island and where possible, safely reopen parts of the highway closed by slips.
The NZ Transport Agency is advising that due to a series of large earthquakes throughout the morning of 14 November, sections of State Highway 1 between Blenheim to Christchurch, and State Highway 7 between State Highway 1 and Springs Junction (Lewis Pass) are closed.
The NZ Transport Agency is advising people to heed tsunami warnings in the areas affected. For non-essential travel the Transport Agency is advising that people delay travel on State Highway 1 between Picton to Christchurch, and over the Lewis Pass, while contractors make further assessments following a number of earthquakes in the early hours of Monday 14 November. A number of sections of State Highway 1 and State Highway 7 are closed due to slips and visible damage.
The NZ Transport Agency’s West Coast maintenance crews have just reopened State Highway 6 at Lake Moeraki, between Haast and Fox Glacier, the site of a slip caused by torrential rain earlier today. The road is also open at the nearby Douglas Culvert where crews have temporarily repaired the culvert so drivers can get through.
The NZ Transport Agency and Waimakariri District Council are working together to look at ways to tackle morning peak congestion and make the journey between Waimakariri and Christchurch safer and easier.
The NZ Transport Agency’s West Coast contracting teams worked hard to reopen State Highway 6 along the South Island’s West Coast at the weekend after a significant washout scoured and undermined the highway.
"Avoid delays and disruption to your travel this busy summer road work season,” is the message from the NZ Transport Agency, as they gear up for another busy road works maintenance and construction period.