The NZ Transport Agency is about to start work constructing a new retaining wall where a slip has currently reduced the highway to a single lane, on the Nelson side of the Takaka Hill.
Mark Owen, Regional Performance Manager, NZ Transport Agency says the work is important to this vital highway link over Takaka Hill, as it is the only road link that Golden Bay has to the wider region.
“Heavy rain has previously caused a slip below the road, which resulted in the highway being reduced to a single lane past the slip site. This work will stabilise the slope below the road, and enable the closed lane to be reopened,” Mr Owen says.
Work starts Tuesday 25 October and will be completed by mid-December, weather permitting.
The work site is approximately 2.2 km from the intersection of State Highway 60 and Riwaka Valley Road.
During this period a temporary 30 km/h speed restriction will be in place through the work area, and the road will continue to operate as a single lane. Drivers should expect some minor delays when travelling over the Takaka Hill.
“This is a busy road so we want to thank road users for their patience and understanding while this important work is underway,” Mr Owen says.