Takaka Hill update 2.30 pm – road to close by 7pm Friday
Takaka Hill update 2.30 pm – road to close by 7pm
Friday night, currently open all
The Takaka Hill Road into Golden Bay, SH60, will close to all traffic at 7pm this evening (Friday, 23 March) but may close earlier if rain resumes and conditions deteriorate.
meantime, the road is currently open in both directions to
• The highway opened today at midday after rain curtailed work by crews on the highway. See today’s earlier media update here: http://nzta.govt.nz/media-releases/takaka-hill-update-persistent-rain-curtails-work-on-hill-highway-opened-to-all-traffic-as-of-midday/
“After further discussions with crews and geotechnical advisors on site, we have made the decision to close the road at 7pm, however, we may have to close it earlier,” says Frank Porter, NZ Transport Agency System Manager.
“If people can get over the hill sooner rather than later, that is a good idea. More rain is forecast for later today.”
Later opening time Saturday, 24
The highway is normally open 6 am to 8 am Mondays to Saturdays for the morning convoy but tomorrow the opening will be delayed by at least an hour to ensure the road is safe after today’s rain.
“We will be checking the condition of the road and slopes at first light Saturday morning and will reassess the situation at 7am, 24 March.”
Ideally, the road will open for two hours from close to 7am to 9 am but that will be confirmed tomorrow morning:
• People can check the
Transport Agency’s Traffic and Travel pages for the update:
The lack of daylight means crews cannot go in to check the condition of the road and slopes any earlier. “Safety is and has to remain our first priority both for road users and our crews,” says Mr Porter.
Crews and geotechnical experts are monitoring the road and slopes to ensure road users are safe throughout today’s and tomorrow’s convoys.
“We are building more and more resilience
into the road as we do more work, but given the extent of
the damage across the Riwaka side of the hill, it is going
to be some time before the road is as stable as it was
before ex-tropical-cyclone Gita,” says Mr
How to stay up to date:
• email firstname.lastname@example.org
• check latest update: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/sh60-takaka-hill-repairs/
• Tasman District Council’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TasmanDistrictCouncil/
Traffic and travel pages for convoy informationhttp://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/areawarnings/202314