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SH1 south to Chch will be open 7am until 8pm Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October to help people travelling to and from Kaikoura Seafest
State Highway 1 and Route 70 Updates can be found on the NZ Transport Agency website (bear in mind some updates may take a while to trickle through). Travellers can also call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the NZTA call centre team either before travelling or when you’re on the road.
NZTA committed to getting SH1 open by Christmas
More details on what people should expect to see (and when) should be available from NZTA the week of 16 October.
This project requires geotechnical, construction and earth-removal work to be done in a narrow road and rail corridor, with high environmental value, and with ongoing seismic instability and weather-related slips. It is always going to be hard to estimate exactly how long it will take to reopen the highway safely. However, the NCTIR team remains committed to reopening for Christmas.
As the rebuild gains pace you’ll begin to see more roadworks and changes across the District. We’ll do everything we can to keep you up to date. However, it’s a big, fast moving job so please be patient.
Hawthorne Road is closed between Rorissons Road and Mt-Fyffe Road until Friday next week for health and safety reasons while works are underway.
Due to the fire at the Commercial at the corner of Brighton Street and Torquay Street, Brighton Street has been close to all traffic between Torquay Street and the end of the Commercial Hotel building until further notice.
- Red surfacing has been added on SH1 by Ludstone Road to highlight the area that pedestrians use to cross. White side of lane markings have also been installed on the SH1 northbound approach to Ludstone Rd to encourage drivers to slow down as they come down the hill and approach the pedestrian island. The New Zealand Transport Agency and Kaikoura District Council continue to review the intersection and work to determine the best way to help pedestrians to safely cross SH1.
- General road safety. With the increased traffic on our roads due to the rebuild and NCTIR work, please take extra care. Drive to the conditions and watch your speed. We're working with NCTIR to make sure everything possible is being done to enforce careful and safe driving on our roads - do your part too.