NCTIR Canopy Project Update - Night works wrapping up

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Work on the rockfall canopy south of Kaikōura is in its final stages with all night closures ending after Thursday 10 June. Daytime delays are continuing for a couple more weeks with set times to clear traffic.

Despite the recent weather setbacks, good progress has been made on the 110-metre rockfall canopy between Peketā and the Parititahi Tunnels. The final night shift will be worked on Thursday 10 June (i.e. tomorrow night), after which it will be free to drive through in the evenings whenever you please!

The 30-minute daytime delays (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm) will continue for another couple of weeks, including the same set opening times where the queues are cleared for local commuters throughout the day (10:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm).

During these daytime works crew will be installing a final top layer of mesh on a small section at the northern end of the canopy, undertaking some final grouting and tensioning, and removing the temporary rockfall mesh above the canopy with the help of a helicopter. 

Thank you all for your ongoing patience and support as we wrap up this complex piece of safety work - especially to those locals living south of the canopy and those in the freight industry. We hope you enjoy the extra freedom in the evenings - it's a little taste of what's to come soon!

To keep up to date with this work, or for any other information, 

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13 May 2021