Rocks Rd cliffs a ‘risk to road users’


Nelson’s Rocks Road cliffs have been identified as a risk to road users following the latest NZ Transport Agency inspection.

NZTA have identified new areas for maintenance after uncovering sections with loose rocks and scrub at risk of falling on the road and hitting one of over 20,000 vehicles that drive beneath the cliffs each day.

Specialist contractors are scheduled to begin work on June 15 and 16, accessing area by abseil from The Cliffs and from a boom-lift on Rocks Rd.

Rocks Rd will be temporarily restricted to a single lane and may be closed under stop/go conditions for a few minutes at a time while the work is carried out. No parking will be permitted through the work zone.

The work is expected to take two nights and will see crews on site from 7:30pm to 5:30am to minimise disruption to road users.

The work is dependent on good weather, so work will be postponed until the next suitable night if bad weather strikes.

“The nature of cliff face above Rocks Rdd means that it is subject to ongoing weathering and erosion which can result in rocks falling on the road from time to time,” says NZTA Regional Performance Manager, Mark Owen.

“To help mitigate the risk to road users, the Transport Agency carries out regular monitoring to manage and maintain the cliff face. We appreciate the patience, consideration, and care shown by road users, and residents whose properties that border the road, while this maintenance work is carried out.”