Due to the recent heavy rainfall and slips on Tākaka Hill, there will be overnight closures next week of the hill route connecting Golden Bay to Riwaka, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
The closures start on Monday 9 August, from 9pm to 5am the next morning, and run right through the week to the following Sunday night, 15 August.
Urgent repairs are needed as a result of the storm damage in a number of places.
Despite the recent damage, the Tākaka Hill repair team working on the five deep sites are aiming to have the highway back to two lanes by Christmas. The aim of the night closures is to ensure the work remains on track to achieve this, as well as for safety and to minimise daytime disruption to road users.
“Emergency services will be able to use the road at all times,” says Waka Kotahi Journey Manager Tresca Forrester.
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