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Project introduction

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

Road resurfacing update – 5-night closure

19 Nov 2020

Tākaka Hill Road will be closed for five nights to all traffic between Riwaka and Upper Tākaka for road resurfacing and other essential road maintenance works, from Sunday 22 November to Thursday 26 November.

The first night closure (22 November) will be from 9pm-5.30am.

The remaining four-night closures (from Monday 23 to Thursday 26 November) will be between 7pm and 5.30am.

We encourage people to avoid using the road during these 5-night closures. However, the road will be open temporarily for essential travel at 12.30am (Tākaka to Nelson) and 1am (Nelson to Tākaka).

Emergency services will always be able to use the road.

In the event of bad weather, this work will be carried out on the next fine day.

Thank you for your patience while we carry out these important works.

Earthworks underway

Over the coming months the Tākaka Hill road will be reduced to a single lane to allow for safe work sites through the next phase of the project. With most of the steel barriers now installed, earthworks to prepare the slip sites for the new retaining walls is underway.

Cyclist shuttle in operation

A shuttle has been organised to take all cyclists and their bikes over the hill safely while construction is underway. The shuttle runs from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week.

Cyclists should 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, motorcycle riders and cyclists are not able to stop between or within areas of the traffic signals or when there is manual traffic management.

Drivers are not able to overtake in these narrow areas for everyone’s safety.

We recommend turning vehicle lights off while waiting at either end of the queue point to avoid a flat battery.


 

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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.
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