AA applauds Waka Kotahi’s efforts to reopen SH6

31 August 2022

AA applauds Waka Kotahi’s efforts to reopen SH6

AA Nelson District chairman Richard Popenhagen has praised Waka Kotahi and the work crews for their rapid efforts to reopen State Highway 6 between Blenheim and Nelson following last week's devastating rain.

The section of State Highway 6 between the centres was closed after being hit with slips and washouts during the heavy weather which plunged Nelson into a state of emergency. Rivers burst their banks and hillsides came down in the deluge resulting in evacuations and damage to property.

Popenhagen said the road was a vital link for people and business.

“Waka Kotahi’s crews have been working under very trying circumstances. We’re incredibly appreciative on behalf of our members and the wider roadgoing public.”

The transport agency’s crews have worked tirelessly to reopen the road between the two regions. The Hira to Rai Valley section will open on Wednesday afternoon to complete the link, following the reinstatement of the Blenheim to Rai Valley portion on Tuesday.

“It’s the only link between Nelson and Marlborough – we don’t have rail, so everything comes by either truck or sea. It’s incredibly important not just for getting around, but for our economy because it links with State Highway 1 and all the freight coming from the north and south.”

He said it was important for the public to remember that works on the road would be ongoing in the coming weeks and months. It would be a long time before the road returned back to how it was.

“There will likely be further closures and interruptions. We’d like to remind people to be patient and respect any temporary measures – the safety of road workers is paramount. People will need to allow plenty of extra time when travelling,” Popenhagen said.  


For more information contact:

Richard Popenhagen
AA Nelson District Chairman
New Zealand Automobile Association
M. 027 489 1492
W. www.aa.co.nz

The New Zealand Automobile Association is an incorporated society with more than 1.8 million members. It represents the interests of road users who collectively pay more than $2 billion in taxes each year through fuels excise, road user charges and GST.

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