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