Maintenance works scheduled for Nelson’s Rock Road cliffs

The NZ Transport Agency’s regular inspections of Nelson’s Rocks Road cliff face has identified new areas for maintenance with specialist contractors scheduled to begin work on 15 and 16 June.

The contractors will be working on the cliff face to remove loose rocks and scrub at risk of falling on the road. Crews will access the work area by abseil from The Cliffs and from a boom-lift on Rocks Road.

Rocks Road will be temporarily restricted to a single lane and may be closed under stop/go conditions for a few minutes at a time while the work is carried out. No parking will be permitted through the work zone. 

The work is expected to take two nights and will see crews on site from 7:30pm to 5:30am to minimise disruption to road users. The work is dependent on good weather, so work will be postponed until the next suitable night if bad weather strikes.

'Rocks Road is a busy road with over 20,000 cars and trucks travelling on it every day between Port Nelson and Tahunanui.  It is also a popular route for cyclists and pedestrians,' Mark Owen, Regional Performance Manager, NZ Transport Agency says.

'The nature of cliff face above Rocks Road means that it is subject to ongoing weathering and erosion which can result in rocks falling on the road from time to time. 

'To help mitigate the risk to road users, the Transport Agency carries out regular monitoring to manage and maintain the cliff face. We appreciate the patience, consideration, and care shown by road users, and residents whose properties that border the road, while this maintenance work is carried out,' Mr Owen says.