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Project introduction

Work to repair damage from Cyclone Gita on State Highway 60, Tākaka Hill between Riwaka and Tākaka.

Tākaka Hill repairs

During the final construction phase of the remaining five slip sites, Tākaka Hill road will be reduced to a single lane with traffic lights at each end of the work site to manage traffic flow and keep everyone safe.

Construction well underway

All five retaining walls on the remaining five sites are now either under construction or nearing completion to road level. Several night closures will be necessary to undertake essential drainage and pavement works across the live road. For safety reasons, and least disruption to traffic, this work must be done at night.

The first night closure is scheduled for Monday 3 to Monday 10 May

Full project update and night closure details

Challenges across these five sites has been significant, including the geology. Decomposed rock and weak soil made it much harder to reach a solid foundation before being able to build up extremely high retaining walls in narrow and steep gullies, with difficult access. This has meant the project has gone longer than originally planned.

We’re making good progress and working hard to have two lanes open by end-2021, with final project completion soon after. Naturally, weather and events beyond our control will play an important part in achieving these milestones.

Cyclist shuttle service

  • A free shuttle service is available to take all cyclists and their bikes through the work site area safely while construction is underway.
  • Shuttle service operates from 7am to 5pm, seven days a week.
  • Cyclists call 0800 909 696 when they arrive at either end of the lights to be picked up - the phone number is displayed at each set of traffic lights.

Driving on Tākaka Hill

  • There are no restrictions on the types of vehicles using the hill.
  • Drivers and motorcycle riders cannot stop between or within areas of the traffic signals or when there is manual traffic management.
  • Drivers cannot overtake in these narrow areas for everyone’s safety.
  • We recommend turning vehicle lights off while waiting at either end of the traffic lights to avoid a flat battery.
  • Going up Tākaka Hill to Tākaka, keep as far to the left as possible to allow for larger vehicles coming down.
  • Keep the entrance to Riwaka Valley Road clear at all times – No waiting or stopping in the yellow cross-hatch zone.
  • Going down Tākaka Hill to Tākaka, keep left, in particular when passing the queued traffic waiting to go up.

Please drive with care through our roadwork site and follow the traffic signals which are there to keep you and the work crew safe.

Thank you for your patience while these important works are being carried out.

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State Highway 60: Takaka Hill repairs – February 2021

Waka Kotahi Project Manager Andrew Adams gives an update of the progress on site and explains the complexities the crew are facing.

SH60 Tākaka Hill drone footage - past and present

Check out Tākaka Hill repairs drone footage from Cyclone Gita in February 2018 to November 2020.