Road closures timed around key events
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.
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.