It’s been a long journey, but the end is in sight.
Much of the repair work associated with a damaging rainstorm just over two years that left a trail of destruction on SH94 from the Hollyford Valley turn-off to Milford Sound should, be completed over the next six months.
Several sections of large retaining wall were destroyed, and several new walls have been required along this section of highway after the intense rainstorm in February 2020 that dumped 900mm of rain in the area in just three days.
One of the biggest repair jobs was recently completed. This involved restoring severely flood damaged retaining walls carrying SH94 above the river near the Hollyford Road intersection area. The highway was returned several months ago to its pre-flood width through this steep narrow valley.
This has been a difficult repair job on multiple fronts and topping the list is the COVID-19 Pandemic and sourcing materials in a constrained supply chain environment. Among other challenges are possible rockfall risk, storm events, no cell phone coverage, limited road space, and most worksites being directly exposed to several large avalanche paths.
In addition to restoring Eastgate retaining wall, pictured below, repairs are being progressed on several bridges. All this work, subject to favourable weather and avalanche conditions should be completed by late winter or early spring.
A top priority for the Milford Road Alliance throughout this $9 million repair job has been minimising delays for visitors and businesses who depend on this road.
The fully repaired SH94 Eastgate retaining wall - February 2022.