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    June 21, 2018
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ALTERNATE ROUTE TRAFFIC VOLUMES BACK TO NEAR PRE-EARTHQUAKE LEVELS to still see maintenance work as the winte With the reopening of State Highway 1 to 24/7 operation, trafficrogramme volumes on the alternate Picton to Christchurch route via Lewis Pass are back to near pre-earthquake levels. for drivers but overall people have been The NZ Transport Agency is expecting to soon hand the 'alternate route' back to the maintenance contractors to manage as business as usual The alternate route has proven to be a resilient route with more than $65 million of improvement works undertaken since November 2016. The Government's $60 million of funding was used for essential safety and support of the residents and driving improvements including widening, slow vehicle community, we also want to recognise our bays, bailey bridges, additional safety barriers road crews who have worked on a tough and and rock fall protection, and road rene (resurfacing and reconstruction) There is still improvements and maintenance Like last year, this winter the Lewis Pass will work to be completed along the route, which has been deferred to the summer 'roadin season' in 2018/2019. Drivers can expect begins ensuring the road is safe over winter Network operations manager Tresca Forrester says the past 18 months has been challenging ass are supportive and provided positive feedback around the long term benefits of this work. "With more than 30 worksites in its peak and traffic from the closure of SH1 using this route it was a challenging and intensive time. Special thanks to the Police for keeping our teams, the community and road users safe As well as acknowledging the patience CHECKING ON ROAD STATUS The winter months from June to August can prove challenging to road users. It is important to plan ahead and stay safe by staying up-to-date with conditions and road status: considerably accelerated programme to achieve so much and keep the road open. Visit Call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) continue to be either 'open' or 'closed' (rather than have the restrictions of chains essential" and 'no towing). Check at least two hours before you travel in case you need to change your route NZTRANSPORT New Zealand Government KiwiRail: North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery