Road work and conditions


Waitaki District Council is responsible for the maintenance and development of local streets and roads, while the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA ) manages the state highways in the district.

The Council Grading Programme is based on the average volume of vehicles per day. Some roads are graded more frequently due to the topography or type of traffic on the road.

Waitaki Roads Annual Grading Programme 2023-2024(PDF, 9MB)

Current local road conditions

List of road closures, events, and major road works in the District 

Click on the 'Map' link in each item to view a map showing the area affected. 

This information is kept up-to-date as much as possible and provided in good faith. The accuracy is not guaranteed and Waitaki District Council accepts no liability for any error.

Interactive map for Waitaki local road conditions

Planned road work


A list of planned road work for the week starting 4 March 2024

Planned Works Location
Cyclic North

Weston-Ngapara Road

 Cyclic South


Sweeping/Sump Clearing Oamaru North
 Grader North

Waitaki Plains

 Grader South



 Digger Crew


 Rubbish All Townships


 Stabilisation Crew




Roadside Spray

Weather permitting, these are the anticipated spraying areas taking place this week starting.

04 March 2024


Urban roads and footpaths:


  • Oamaru, Palmerston, Moeraki
Rural roads and footpaths:
  • N/A
Pest Plants
  • Oamaru, Palmerston, Moeraki


State highways conditions

State Highways are managed by the NZTA.

For updates on state highway conditions please go to the New Zealand Transport Agency website or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).

The State Highways which run through our district include the following roads:

  • SH1; Waitaki River to Dunedin City boundary.
  • SH83; Pukeuri Junction to Omarama
  • SH8; Central Otago District boundary to Mackenzie District boundary.
  • SH85; Palmerston to Central Otago District boundary.

Download the State Highway Emergency Management Procedure Manual and Route Maps:

NZTA Realtime Traffic Map

Long-term Temporary Speed Limits

Approval of Temporary Speed Limits (TSL) are in accordance with Section 7 of Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022.

Temporary speed limits for roads or sections of roads are listed below (and are indicated by speed limit signs):

Road Location Temporary Speed Limits
Dates  Details
 Loch Laird Road SH83 to RP4145 70KM/h  01/09/22 to   09/06/23  A temporary speed limit of 70km/h is in force on this road from SH83 to the Meridian Energy Visitors Centre over the Lakes Camping Season 2022/2023.
Gemmells Crossing Road Gemmells Crossing Bridge (RP1556 to RP1770)


50 km/h


27/01/23 to 27/01/24


A temporary speed limit of 50km/h is in force at the Gemmells Crossing Bridge in order to reduce vehicle speeds and increase the life of the bridge.


Fortification Road Totara School (RP 6290 to RP 6375) 30 km/h 27/01/23 to 27/01/24 A temporary speed limit of 30km/h is in force on this road adjacent to a student collection point trial area.



Mount Royal Road & Stenhouse Road SH1 to Mount Trotter Road (RP 130 to RP 690) 30km/h 27/01/23 to 27/01/24 A temporary speed limit of 30Km/h is in force on these roads along a single-lane temporary logging route.
 Haven Street

Community Rebuild section (RP610 to  RP1133)

30km/h  27/01/23 to 27/01/24 A temporary speed limit of 30km is in force on this street from the outside of Coronation Hall to the end of the community rebuild section.

Bridge Closures

Under Schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 1974, the below bridge has been temporarily closed for safety purposes:

Road Bridge Location Date Closed Details
Slaughter Yard Road Slaughter Yard Road Bridge Enfield 20/7/15 Bridge Closure. Please note that this bridge is now closed to vehicular traffic from 7am Monday 20 July 2015.

The detour route is via Coal Pit Road.
Weston Road Weston Bridge Weston  7/2/23-8/2/2

Whitestone Contracting will be carrying out seal repairs to the bridge on Weston Road, Oamaru. To allow work to be safely carried out, a road closure will be in place (authorized by the Waitaki District Council).

Weston Road from the intersection with Saleyards Road to the intersection with Maudes Road will be closed on Tuesday 7th February 2023 and Wednesday 8th February 2023 from 7:00am and re-opened each day by 5:00pm.

  • Residents located East of the Closure on Weston Road from House nos. 25 to no.30, please access your properties from the east side of the bridge closure.
  • Clients and Staff of North Otago Truck Repairs will be able to access and exit the closure from Saleyards Road intersection.

Living on unsealed roads

What maintenance happens on our rural roads?

There are over 1,000 kilometres of unsealed roads in the Waitaki district. We spend about $1 million each year maintaining them. This includes regular grading and the application of new metal and drainage maintenance, signage and vegetation control.

Why don't we see the grader all year round?

There are certain times of the year when grading has the greatest benefit on unsealed roads. The best time to restore the shape of the road by heavy maintenance grading is when the road is damp as it will compact the road to a dense surface. Spring and autumn are ideal times. Grading in winter is avoided where possible as it invariably results in slushy conditions that are unsafe for motorists and take a long time to dry out. Grading in mid-summer is avoided as cutting into a dry hard surface leaves a layer of loose material that reduces to dust and can be blown away or get thrown off by traffic. Corrugations will reappear more easily on dry, loose surfaces.

How does Council's service provider know that a road requires grading?

Regular inspections are carried out by Council's contractor on the entire roading network to identify and repair problems of wear and tear such as corrugations and potholes. Weather and traffic volume continually cause deterioration on unsealed roads.

What material is used as metal on an unsealed road?

Wherever possible, the material used is an aggregate with high clay content. This aggregate is chosen because of its higher resistance to rutting and corrugation and it also creates less dust. When compacted into the surface of the higher clay content it may appear that there is not enough metal on the road.

Why is my road not being sealed?

It costs $140,000 to $160,000 to seal a kilometre of metal road. Council will only commit to this expense where it can attract subsidies from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to offset the cost of reconstructing and sealing a metal road. This subsidy depends on traffic volumes, the variety of traffic, significance of the route, how many people live along it and the likely dust problem.

Does Council audit maintenance work to determine if the levels of service are being met?

Council's maintenance contract specifies strict performance measures and these are closely monitored to ensure the contractor is meeting the necessary outcomes and within certain timeframes. An extraordinary event such as storm damage that requires an emergency response may temporarily disrupt the programmed maintenance schedule.

I have a specific enquiry. Who do I contact?

Please call us on 03 433 0300 or email