Wednesday, April 10, 2024

BREAKING NEWS - Waka Kotahi Traffic Bulletin: State Highway 6 Rocks Road in Nelson - MAY BE CLOSED - Thursday night


Rocks Road may be closed tomorrow night Thursday 11 Apr. 2024.

UPDATE: Top of the South/lower North Island drivers, don’t let bad weather get you in a spin

Update 2:45 pm 10 Apr 2024:

Due to the weather and tidal conditions forecast for Nelson, it’s anticipated State Highway 6 Rocks Road in Nelson will need to be closed between 10 pm and 2 am tomorrow night (Thursday, 11 April). 


Light vehicles will be able to use local road detours. Heavy vehicles will need to use Waimea Road.


Drivers travelling between Nelson and Stoke/Richmond must factor this into their travel plans.


NZTA/Waka Kotahi encourages all drivers to check road and weather conditions before they travel.

Update 11:30 am

With the Metservice updating its weather warnings for the Lower North and Upper South Islands, drivers must be prepared for potential for challenging driving conditions over the next few days.


A Heavy Rain Warning is now in place for Tasman northwest of Motueka, the Bryant Range near Nelson, and inland Marlborough west of Blenheim and north of the Awatere River. Significant rain is forecast from tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) through to early Friday morning.


A Strong Wind Watch has also been issued for Buller, Nelson/Tasman, Marlborough and Wellington. Northerly winds may approach severe gales in exposed places.


Truck and van drivers, motorcyclists, and towing vehicles must take care, particularly in areas where strong winds are known to affect traffic –  such as State Highway 2 Remutaka Hill and  State Highway 1 Transmission Gully Wainui Saddle.


Where wet weather is forecast, drivers must drive to the conditions and be alert to the possibility of slips, rockfalls, and localised flooding. Check your speed, watch your following distances, use your headlights if visibility is poor, and allow extra time for your journeys.


Drivers are encouraged  to check the weather and road conditions before they travel, as bad weather can see roads closed at short notice.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

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