• 20 October 2021Arthur’s Pass highway, SH73, reopening 11 am today
    SH73 was closed Monday afternoon when a slip above the Rock Shelter,  on the Otira/ West Coast side, spilled material, including large boulders, onto the road, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.  One truck and trailer unit was parked up under the shelter and its driver safely relocated. “Thanks to all drivers and regular road users for your patience and taking the Lewis Pass route over the past two days,” says Moira Whinham, Waka Kotahi Maintenance Contract Manager for the West Coast. “The helicopter sluicing yesterday has resolved this issue in the short term. A more permanent solution is …
  • 19 October 2021Labour Weekend travel tips for the South Island/Te Wai Pounamu
    Use the Waka Kotahi holiday journey planner to check traffic predictions so you can nail your trip before you leave:Labour Day weekend 2021 holiday journeys“The holiday journey planner shows predicted traffic conditions for popular routes over the Labour weekend period, based on travel patterns from previous years,” says Waka Kotahi Journey Manager Tresca Forrester. Predicted peak times for travel may change based on traffic incidents, weather, driver behaviour, or changes in Covid-19 alert levels. Visit the Journey Planner before you head off for the latest information on road works, road clo …
  • 19 October 2021Te Ahu a Turanga embarks on second earthworks season
    Thanks to a relatively mild winter and a seamless COVID-19 shutdown and restart, the project began its second earthworks season this month in a strong position. During Level 4 the site had to close except for essential maintenance. With stringent safety plans in place, Te Ahu a Turanga was one of the first major projects to resume construction in Level 3 and the site is fully operational in Level 2. Lonnie Dalzell, Waka Kotahi Regional Manager Infrastructure Delivery, says a big focus this year has been creating access for construction. A lot of this work is nearing completion and with access …
  • 19 October 2021Arthur’s Pass highway, SH73, remaining closed again today and overnight
    A slurry of rocks yesterday from a new slip above the western end of the Rock Shelter on the Otira gorge, SH73, closed the road mid-afternoon and overnight. Scree and boulders from the steep slope above the shelter continued to fall with the rain, blocking the lower end of the road. “The slope is being sluiced today using a helicopter,” says Moira Whinham, Waka Kotahi Maintenance Contract Manager for the West Coast. “While sluicing has reduced the material at the margins of the slip, continued heavy rain in the area is causing ongoing rockfall.  The rockfall will be reassessed tomorrow once th …
  • 18 October 2021Rockfall, slip closes SH73, Arthur’s Pass route between Canterbury and the West Coast
    SH73 was closed mid-afternoon when a slip at the Rock Shelter on the West Coast side of the Arthur’s Pass road closed the highway, says Waka Kotahi Maintenance Contract Manager Moira Whinham. With rain continuing to fall across the Main Divide, it is not safe to reopen the highway tonight, says Ms Whinham. “People should check the Waka Kotahi traffic and travel page for updates. “Electronic message signs will be in place at each end of the road – near Kumara Junction and at Springfield warning people of this closure and road blocks are in place at Arthur’s Pass and Otira.” The Rock Shelter was …
  • 18 October 2021Forgotten World Highway sealing to start next month
    The project will improve safety and boost the region’s economy, while retaining the picturesque journey and protecting the natural environment.Funded through Kānoa – Regional Economic Development and Investment unit, the project will see the unsealed road through the Tangarakau Gorge on the Forgotten World Highway sealed.Safety improvements such as signage, line markings and guardrail will be installed through the gorge and the speed limit will be reviewed as part of the sealing project.Director of Regional Relationships Linda Stewart says sealing the road through the gorge will make it much s …
  • 18 October 2021Safer speeds for SH35 coming into effect this week
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency consulted with the community and people who use SH35 regularly in 2019 on proposed new speeds for the beach and township sections of the road between Gisborne and Te Puia Springs.“Our top priority is to improve safety on our roads so that everyone can get to where they’re going safely,” Director of Regional Relationships Linda Stewart says.“Even when speed isn’t the direct cause of a crash, it’s always a factor in the severity and can be the difference between a person being killed, seriously injured, or walking away unharmed.”Between 2010 and 2019, were 20 cras …
  • 18 October 2021Bay Link traffic on the move to progress underpass and flyover
    The change to road layout will relocate the two northbound lanes of State Highway 2 closer to Golf 360 on the Matapihi side and the southbound lanes will move closer to the Bayfair Shopping Centre.Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Regional Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Jo Wilton, says the traffic switch will enable the creation of a work zone in the middle of SH2 (north of the Bayfair roundabout) to progress the next steps of the pedestrian and cycling underpass and components of the Bayfair flyover.“Work will proceed on the underpass’ central section, additional piers of the four-span Bayfai …
  • 17 October 2021Plan ahead for overnight road closures on SH1 this Tuesday
    To carry out essential resurfacing works Waka Kotahi will be closing the SH1 northbound lanes from Silverdale to Pūhoi between 8pm and 5am on Tuesday 19 October. The toll road and Johnstone Hill tunnels will be unavailable to northbound road users while these works are carried out, however, emergency services will be accommodated.  A detour route is available by leaving SH1 at Silverdale and taking the Hibiscus Coast Highway.Source: Google mapsFurther north along SH1 at Te Hana crews will be carrying out essential drainage and asphalting work to create smoother journeys. This work begins overn …
  • 15 October 2021SH2 Waihī to Tauranga works for week beginning Sun 17 Oct
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Bay of Plenty System Manager Maintenance and Operations, Roger Brady, says Waka Kotahi is working hard with contractors and suppliers to deliver better journeys.“In a number of instances, we have been able to change the way we carry out the works along SH2; avoiding Stop / Go operations and maintaining two-way traffic flow, doing patching works at night and keeping works in the busier areas to between 9am and 3pm.”This is what you can expect to see along your journey this week between Waihī and Tauranga: Athenree Curves area, east of Turners Road – from Sunday 1 …