Nevis Bluff, SH6, spring 2021 programme - keeping people safe from bouncing rocks


From next Monday, 1 November 2021, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Nevis Bluff spring safety programme gets underway.

People who travel along State Highway 6 between Cromwell and Queenstown may spot activity above them on the rock faces that form the Nevis Bluff.

“People need to factor in short delays, up to ten minutes at a time, weekdays, for around three weeks,” says Mark Stewart, Central Otago Maintenance Contract Manager for Waka Kotahi.

The work will run for two weeks between 8am and 5pm from Monday, 1 November, to Friday, 12 November.

“People stopped in their cars may be able to see abseilers inspecting and removing loose rock on the Nevis Bluff rock face,” says Mr Stewart. “We need to ensure the road below is clear when rocks are being dropped or loosened.”

Workers abseiling on a rockface at Nevis Bluff

Not a bad day to be at the office: Abseilers (Wayo Carson standing, Paul “Chinny” Chin sitting, Pete Brown’s legs) above the Kawarau River sit tight while traffic is let through on the Nevis Bluff, autumn 2021. Photo courtesy engineering geologist Warrick Hamilton.

The work is being done by the Aspiring Highways team, on behalf of Waka Kotahi.

“The Nevis Bluff is a site we regularly inspect, monitor and stabilise as part of our commitment to provide a safe, accessible highway network.

“The best times to do this work are the shoulder seasons in autumn and spring when traffic volumes are at their lowest.

“We appreciate everyone’s understanding for any delays that they may encounter and thank them for following the temporary, lowered speeds which are for their safety and the safety of our workers,” says Mr Stewart.

This work should be complete by Friday, 12 November, subject to weather conditions.

The Nevis Bluff is about half-way between Cromwell and Queenstown – 25 minutes from Cromwell, 35 minutes from Queenstown, above the Kawarau River.

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