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Project introduction

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

Project update

3 Sep 2020

Tākaka Hill road 1-night closure

Tākaka Hill road will be CLOSED overnight to all traffic, between Riwaka and Upper Tākaka, from 9pm Sunday 6 September to 5am Monday 7 September, for emergency barrier repair works.

This essential work is being carried out to ensure the safety of road users and the crew who are working beneath the damaged section of guardrail at Site 11.

In the event of bad weather, this work will be carried out the following night, Monday 7 September, from 9pm–5am.

We encourage people to avoid using the road during this 1-night closure, but it will be open for essential travel at 1.30am (Tākaka to Nelson) and 1.45am (Nelson to Tākaka).

Emergency services will be able to use the road at all times.

Thank you for your patience as we work to get your road back up and running.

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Open all day and night

The road is open all day and all night (24/7), barring further closures due to more slips or incidents. Drivers are able to safely use the one-way sections with the aid of manual traffic management (Stop/Go) and/or with traffic lights. Electronic signs at either side of the hill will update people of any delays or significant issues on the hill. 

All drivers, riders and road users are asked to be vigilant until the road is back to its more usual width.

Driving on Tākaka Hill:

  • There are no restrictions on the types of vehicles using the hill.
  • Cyclists are able to bike the hill but we ask that they, and all drivers, take special care and be aware that motorists will need to wait if there is a cyclist ahead of them.
  • Drivers, motorcycle riders and cyclists are not be able to stop between or within areas of the traffic signals or when there is manual traffic management.
  • Drivers are not be able to overtake in these narrow areas for everyone’s safety.
  • Turn your lights off while waiting at either end of the queue point so that your vehicle battery does not go flat.

Whilst waiting at the lights to go up the 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/stopping in the yellow cross-hatch zone.

Coming down the Tākaka Hill from Tākaka:

  • Keep left, in particular when passing the queued traffic waiting to ascend.