Saturday, December 18, 2021

Takaka Hill Road Finished - Two Lanes Open


After four years, 28 million Dollars and some setbacks, work to repair damage from Cyclone Gita on State Highway 60, Tākaka Hill Road between Riwaka and Tākaka have been completed today.

The Tākaka Hill repairs team said that from today at about 3pm the hill road will be open to two way traffic.

Residents from Golden Bay will be so pleased that there will be no traffic lights on the hill anymore as now the first traffic lights they will encounter are the new sets in Motueka.

The Christmas holiday makers will have an easy ride to Golden Bay this year to the pleasure of businesses who depend on them for the summer season.

Waka Kotahi said today “the traffic light system on the Riwaka side of the hill will be removed and two lanes will be back in action after nearly four years on this rebuild project, following Cyclone Gita.” 

Takaka Hill site 11 February 2018

“The speed limit will be temporarily reduced to 30km for the busy holiday period, and to allow motorists to adjust to the road with two lanes; and again in the new year, when minor tidy-up works are being completed on the road sides. This will be done under localised traffic management, with minimal impact to traffic.”

Takaka Hill 13 December 2021

The Waka Kotaki and Downer team worked on 15 worksites in total, the first 10 more straightforward sites were tackled in the first two years, with the remaining five more complex and highly engineered sites designed only after geotechnical investigations. They've been under construction over the past 18 months. 

The first COVID-19 shutdown in April 2020 delayed the start on this work and pushed it into the winter months, affecting its final completion date. 

Takaka Hill 13 February 2018

Waka Kotahi said “the harsh conditions - it's very cold winter on the south side of the hill - and complexity of work required in these steep gullies have been extremely challenging for the crews.”

Takaka Hill 13 December 2021

The NZ Transport Agency said “please take extra care driving this narrow and windy road. With multiple bends and no median barriers to safely separate oncoming traffic - we ask everyone to please stay alert and keep left.” 

The Team thanked everyone for bearing with them as “we know these last few years have been tough on everyone who uses this key and only route in and out of Golden Bay. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.” 

Waka Kotaki “wish you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful, safe New Year."

Pigeon Post News

(Julie & Mark we will see you more often!)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Looming changes forecast for Tasman District Council's 10 Year Plan

  Changes looming for Tasman District Council's 10 Year Plan   5 May, 2024 Tasman District Council’s Chief Financial Officer Mike Drum...