Road clo­sures timed around key events

Kaikoura Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PIPPA BROWN

The good news is the quakewrecked high­way should be open for Christ­mas.

The bad news is State High­way 1 south of Kaiko¯ura will close for longer pe­ri­ods to push work harder for full use by the end of the year.

But there’s more good news. The clo­sures will be timed to avoid key events like Seafest, Can­ter­bury An­niver­sary Day, Labour Day and Marl­bor­ough An­niver­sary.

The North Can­ter­bury Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Re­cov­ery al­liance (NCTIR) team will have three five-day clo­sures of State High­way 1 be­tween Peketa and Goose Bay, in­stead of the three­day clo­sures that were orig­i­nally planned.

‘‘The NCTIR crews un­der­stand these ex­tended clo­sures are not ideal for lo­cal res­i­dents but are de­ter­mined to have the high­way com­pleted for the end of this year for every­one’s ben­e­fit,’’ said Tresca For­rester, NCTIR jour­ney man­ager.

Open­ing the road to the pub­lic be­fore the road was fin­ished was slow­ing the road and rail team down.

Some crit­i­cal work needed to be com­pleted to make the route more re­silient and the crew need as many hours avail­able as they can man­age be­tween now and the end of the year.

‘‘The full five-day clo­sure last week en­abled more progress than the crews nor­mally achieve on the four days open, three days fully closed regime,’’ For­rester said.

‘‘The pur­pose of these longer clo­sures is to fa­cil­i­tate and ac­cel- er­ate progress with rock bolt­ing, mesh place­ment, earth­works, wall con­struc­tion, hy­droseed­ing on mul­ti­ple sites.’’

Crews would also make use of the re­duced traf­fic flows to do more work on the road at Oaro and in the Hun­dalees, and to re­move more un­sta­ble ma­te­ri­als.

The high­way was sched­uled to be closed for longer pe­ri­ods from Mon­day Sep­tem­ber 25 to Fri­day Sep­tem­ber 29, with driv­ethroughs for lo­cal res­i­dents at 7am and 6pm.

The next sched­uled five-day clo­sures are ex­pected to be Mon­day Oc­to­ber 16 to Fri­day Oc­to­ber 20, and pos­si­bly Mon­day Novem­ber 6 to Fri­day Novem­ber 10 so traf­fic could be kept flow­ing for Seafest, Can­ter­bury An­niver­sary Day, Labour Day and Marl­bor­ough An­niver­sary.

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/STUFF

State High­way 1 south be­tween Peketa and Goose Bay is sched­uled to close for five-day stints so work can be com­pleted to get the road open by the end of the year.

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