Wednesday, December 20, 2023


Fulton Hogan contractors reconstructing SH6 Foxhill.

Photo credit NZTA/Waka Kotahi.


Caution Urged on Newly Reconstructed Foxhill SH6 as Residents Report Broken Windscreens

Residents using Foxhill State Highway 6 are reporting broken windscreens, attributing the incidents to speeding traffic on the recently sealed road. The New Zealand Transport Agency emphasises the importance of driver caution, stating, "Our standard advice to drivers is always to slow down when driving on a new road surface, especially when loose chip is present."

Fulton Hogan report that since the conclusion of the work late last week, the speed limit has been returned to 100km/h.

The completion of major road reconstruction on this section of State Highway 6, just south of Wakefield, marks a significant milestone. Rob Service, System Manager Top of the South, notes the extensive rehabilitation required to address the deteriorating pavement. "Before we started, the pavement on this piece of road was at the end of its life, necessitating significant rehabilitation," says Mr. Service. Despite unforeseen challenges that required additional work on the subgrade, the Fulton Hogan team managed to complete the project on time. Approximately 13 thousand tonnes of rock and 21 thousand square meters of chipseal were used, resulting in a considerably smoother, safer, and more durable section of the state highway.

While acknowledging the disruption caused by major works, Mr. Service expresses gratitude for the community's patience, stating, "Major works like this are disruptive, and we appreciate they have meant longer travel times for road users. But the good news is the new and improved road is here and ready for the busy holiday season." He urges drivers to enjoy the enhanced stretch of State Highway 6 but emphasises the need for caution on the newly reconstructed road.

Looking ahead, minor safety works are planned at the site. Contractors are set to return early next year to install a gabion wall and a guardrail, further enhancing safety features along the road.

As we celebrate the successful reconstruction, let's prioritise safety and responsible driving on the freshly sealed Foxhill SH6. Your safety is paramount, and we appreciate your cooperation as we continue to improve our local infrastructure.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

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