SH8 through Roxburgh to OPEN for the weekend – FROM 6pm tonight December 1
SH8 will reopen to through traffic from 6pm this evening (Friday 1 December) through to 6am on Monday morning (4 December). From 6am Monday December 4 SH8 will be closed for at least another four days to allow works to continue at five sites throughout Roxburgh. More advice to follow on Sunday.
The highway has been closed to through traffic at Millers Flat and Lake Roxburgh Village since Sunday evening's flood event and a detour has been in place via Teviot Road.
While reopened, speed restrictions and traffic management measures will be in place and Police are calling on drivers to observe these.
Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk said Police will have a boosted presence in the Teviot Valley over the weekend with safety paramount.
"When the highway reopens there will still be issues with debris, with dust; there will be speed restrictions.
"It's important please that we all just take that extra bit of care and slow down. Everybody is safe from the weekend and we want people to stay safe, especially on the roads."
Mayor Tim Cadogan said the weekend reopening was due to the mammoth effort of contractors over the week.
"It's absolutely brilliant to see the hard work of the contractors over the last five days since the incident on Sunday night has allowed the road to be open through the course of the weekend. It's going to allow a bit more normality for the residents and business communities of not just Roxburgh but Coal Creek and Ettrick and places in between that have been affected by the closure.
"Full credit to the contractors. When I first got here on Monday I couldn't believe we'd have the town kind of back to normal by Friday."
Leanne Mash, Central Otago District Council Chief Executive, said during the week there have been 19 different contractors, 14 diggers and 17 trucks on site and tonnes of rock and debris carted away from the five affected creek sites.
"This amazing effort has been from 7am to 7pm each evening. Now our hard working contractors need a rest. They will be off site for the weekend to recharge and recover. A skeleton crew will be on for dust suppression and traffic management tasks.
"Council, together with NZTA, Fulton Hogan, Police and Fire and with input from ORC have come together in the best way possible to restore services, get roads sorted and help the town recover from this extreme weather event," she said.
On the local road front, Tweed Street, Leitholm Place and Paisley Place will be residents only access this weekend. We ask everyone to respect this as we want our volunteer workforce to be safe as we de-sludge the neighbourhood.