Roxburgh, Central Otago flooding update - access to Roxburgh - Updated 4 December, 2017


Due to yesterday’s flooding in Central Otago, State Highway 8 between the Roxburgh Hydro Dam, 9 km north of Roxburgh, and Millers Flat is closed with slips on either side of Roxburgh and in the town itself. The highway is likely to remain closed all day with an update on the NZ Transport Agency’s Traffic and Travel pages later today.

Monday 4 December update: One more day of detours for Roxburgh

From 6pm tomorrow, Tuesday, 5 December, State Highway 8 through Roxburgh will reopen.

From then on, from Wednesday 6 December, there will be up to 5-minute delays and speed restrictions/traffic management at various work sites.

Over-dimension vehicles will be guided through the sites with prior arrangement through the Transport Agency.

For more information please check the Central Otago District Council’s web pages link)

Friday 30 November, 12:00 noon update:

For all the updates on highways and roads and other work in Roxburgh, please check the Central Otago District Council’s web page: link)

You can also check the Transport Agency’s Traffic and Travel pages(external link) .

At this stage SH8 through Roxburgh is expected to remain closed to at least the end of this week (1 December).

Tuesday 28 November, 11:00am update:

SH8 south of the Roxburgh Hydro Dam to Millers Flat remains closed Tuesday due to Sunday’s flooding and slips in and around Roxburgh. The Transport Agency asks all drivers to take care on the detour route Roxburgh East Road and Teviot Road which also has some damage with debris on the highway (see photo below). Next update 4pm Tuesday: link)

'There is a local road detour for people with urgent travel needs in the Roxburgh area, Roxburgh East Road and Teviot Road, between the dam and Millers Flat,' says Graeme Hall, Transport Agency Transport System Manager. 'This local road also has some damage so people need to drive carefully. The Roxburgh East Road is suitable for HPMV traffic (heavy freight) but the bridge into Roxburgh is not suitable for HPMV. 

'We encourage all non-essential travellers to avoid this area if possible. Other drivers through Central Otago will need to take State Highway 85 between Alexandra and Palmerston, north of Dunedin.' 

Roxburgh flooding

How to stay up to date:

Drivers can also call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can provide them with traffic and travel information either before they’re travelling or when they’re on the road, safely parked off the highway.