After Easter the NZ Transport Agency is aiming to open up the road (single lane access will remain) without convoys, including overnight (24/7). It is intended that the section of SH60 through the slip sites will be managed by traffic signals. Manual stop go traffic management may also be used in areas where crews are working. The exact date of the move from the convoy system to signals is dependent on progress to install barriers, culverts and safety signage, as well as good weather in coming weeks. We will provide updates as and when we can.
“It is great news to be able to extend the opening hours and let truck and trailer units through, and know that very soon we will be able to offer 24/7 access,” says Frank Porter, Manager System Management.
- Truck and trailer units can now travel over the hill in the 6am–8am and 5pm–9pm convoys (no permit required at these times).
- Over-dimension and over-weight vehicles will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should contact our Nelson permitting office for further details.
- The only restrictions currently in place are for pedestrians and cyclists, both of which can travel via a motor vehicle or on a bus.