Canopy project finished but work continues south of Kaikōura
Work on the NCTIR rockfall canopy south of Kaikōura is finished.
The stretch of road south of Peketā (along with the rest of the coast) will be handed back to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Their local roading contractor, Downer, will be responsible for its ongoing care and maintenance, and will continue to make improvements to the road surface during sealing season when weather is warmer.
Rockfall safety work south of Kaikōura to continue to 23 July: school holiday drivers please build in 30 minutes extra.
People using SH1 south of Kaikōura currently and through to Friday, 23 July, face 30-minute closures between 9 am and 5 pm weekdays as a new piece of rockfall safety work is completed. Abseilers are removing loose rock south of the Parititahi Tunnels. The queues will be cleared in both directions at set times 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 3:30pm.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency originally programmed this work for the same time as the NCTIR works on the rockfall canopy, but the recent heavy rainfall has further destabilised the site and requires some additional works to make it safe for our contractors and all road users.
School holiday travellers
This work will affect travellers during the upcoming school holidays (12-23 July), says Waka Kotahi Journey Manager Tresca Forrester.
“We know this is not welcome given the school holidays and people catching ferries, so we are asking everyone to build in that extra time until 23 July. The inland road Route 70 via Waiau is also open to car drivers if people don’t want to wait for 30 minutes.”
The project itself is likely to run into mid-August, however the closures will be shorter for the end of this work. No night closures are required, she says.
You can also:
- Check out their news on Facebook: NZ Transport Agency – South Island www.facebook.com/nztasouthisland/ or KiwiRail www.facebook.com/kiwirailNewZealand/
- Visit their website: www.nzta.govt.nz/kaikoura-earthquake-response/
- For travel information about road conditions: visit www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11
7 July 2021