Thu, Sep 16, 2021 4:41 PM

Planned SH1 closures postponed

The closures were scheduled to begin on Monday and would close State Highway 1 overnight for up to four hours at a time.

Staff reporter

Planned closures of the Weld Pass have been postponed as urgent freight takes precedence.

The closures were scheduled to begin on Monday and would close State Highway 1 overnight for up to four hours at a time.

Waka Kotahi Regional Manager Maintenance and Operations Peter Brown says maintenance work is now likely to occur in October with exact dates to be confirmed.

“The reason for the postponement is the impact upon the freight industry currently with irregular ferry sailings combined with the urgent need to restock South Island supply depots and warehouses,” says Peter.

“We appreciate the need for freight to get to its destination as efficiently as possible currently and the need for the supply chain to have minimal delays.

“We are able to push this work out a fortnight and will communicate the new schedule in a week or so.”