State Highway 6 Rai Saddle slip repairs about to begin


Work to repair a rockfall slip on a passing lane on State Highway 6, Rai Saddle, starts next week.

From Tuesday, 31 October to mid-December, the site, between Whangamoa and Rai Valley, will be under stop/go traffic controls and a temporary speed limit of 30 km/h from 7 am until 6 pm, Monday to Friday.

Drivers can expect short delays of up to 15 minutes while this work is underway and should plan their travel accordingly.

No work will be carried out over the weekend, but a temporary speed limit will remain at the works site.

Waka Kotahi acknowledges it has taken a while to get work underway. However, it requires access to private land to access the top of the slip site. To properly repair the slip, contractors must work from the top of the site to stabilise the entire slope.

Removing material from the bottom of the slip is not an option as it would result in more material falling onto the highway.

Road users must follow all traffic management at the work site and follow all instructions from road crews. This is essential to ensure everyone is kept safe.