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Last updated 3 December 2018

Planned night closure for State Highway 1 South of Kaikōura

In order to remove the scaffold tunnel near the Paratitahi Tunnels, south of Kaikōura, the NZ Transport Agency has scheduled a night time closure on Thursday 13 December.

State Highway 1 between Peketa and south of the Raramai Tunnels will be closed from 9pm on 13 December to 6.30am on 14 December. If required, a contingency night time closure will be planned for Friday 14 December. 

To minimise the disruption to the travelling public we will re-open the road every 90 minutes for 30 minutes during the night closure.

Please refer to the open and closed timetable below:

Road closure times Road open times
9.00pm – 10.30pm 10.30pm – 11.00pm
11.00pm – 12.30am 12.30am – 1.00am
1.00am – 2.30am 2.30am – 3.00am
3.00am – 4.30am 4.30am - 5.00am
5.00am - 6.30am 6.30am fully opened

The night closure is essential to carry out the work safely says Tresca Forrester, Network Operations Manager for North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR).

“We understand that this closure will have an impact on the community, the freight industry and all road users.  To minimise disruption we will re-open the road for 30 minute periods to clear any waiting traffic, “ she says.

“State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura and the Inland Road (Route 70) will remain open unless there are further weather events or other reasons for closures, which we will keep users informed on”.

While the road is closed, and within the road closure,  the team will also mill a nearby rock on a tight bend that is overhanging the road. This milling will help with clearance for larger vehicles.

“We are all committed to getting this highway safely rebuilt and making the coastline as safe and resilient as possible”.

Once the shelter is removed this will enable the team to finish off slope work and aim to have the twin Paratitahi road Tunnels open before Christmas.

Things can change at short notice so please check real-time travel information visit link) or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49)