Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Night closures coming next week for State Highway 6, Whakatu Drive safety barrier works


Night closures coming next week for State Highway 6, Whakatu Drive safety barrier works

Nelson drivers must be ready as the next stage of safety improvement works on State Highway 6 Whakatu Drive in Nelson begins this weekend.

Contractors are installing safety barriers below over bridges along Whakatu Drive to help protect road users and the bridge structures in the event of a crash. 

Stage two of these works begins this Sunday, 17 March, and continues until 27 March. 

It will require night closures of the route between the Annesbrook Roundabout and Link Road/Raeward Roundabout between 8:30 pm and 5:30 am.  

The closures are essential to ensure the safety of work crews. They will also allow the construction to be completed much faster.  

Every effort is being made to minimise disruption for drivers, so the closures have been timed to happen at night when there is less traffic on the road.  

However, the closure means drivers will have to use local road detours via Main Road Stoke, which will mean longer journey times and road users must factor this into their travel plans. 

The highway will be fully open on Friday and Saturday nights, as contractors will not be working on these nights.


  • During Stage 2 SH6 Whakatu Drive will be closed overnight, Sunday 17 to Wednesday 27 March in both directions, between Annesbrook Roundabout, Annesbrook, and the Salisbury Link Road/Raeward Roundabout in Richmond from 8:30pm to 5:30am. No work on Friday or Saturday nights.

  • At all other times there will be intermittent lane closures if you are travelling from Nelson to Richmond (southbound).

  • Traffic management and a temporary speed limit will be in place.

Detour route during night closures:

  • People travelling to Nelson Airport or businesses on Quarantine Road will detour via Parkers Road and Pascoe Street.

  • Access from Nelson Airport to the city will be via Quarantine Road, but temporary speed restrictions and traffic management will be in place.

  • The shared path next to the highway will remain open for cyclists and pedestrians in both directions.

  • The local road detour via Main Road Stoke has temporarily been approved by Nelson City Council for use by heavy vehicles.

  • This detour is expected to add up to 10 minutes to travel times.

NZ Transport Agency

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

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