Waka Kotahi is working hard on a long-term recovery plan for State Highway 35, following extensive damage from weather events in March and April. Our priority is maintaining access to communities along the route, recognising that all who live and work on the coast rely on this roading connection as an important lifeline.
This access needs to be maintained while we carry out major repairs at approximately 15 sites and minor repairs at around 800 sites. These sites include a number of SH35 resilience and SH35/SH2 passing opportunities projects that were underway or due to start, such as work at Tatapouri Hill (which will get back underway in October) and Busby’s Hill.
With major design works, consents and extensive culvert work to complete, as well as the region’s business-as-usual state highway work, we have a big job ahead of us. We are working through how and when we will address each site, with much of the work unable to get underway until the drier construction season later this year. This includes the unsealed sections of highway that need suitable weather and temperatures for asphalt to be laid.
This page will be used to provide updates on the recovery planning and timeframes.