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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

NZTA/Waka Kotahi is making a change to planned detour route ahead of the next stage of work beginning next week on a new roundabout on State Highway 6 outside Marlborough Airport.

Jetesh Bhula, Regional Manager Infrastructure Delivery, says feedback from local businesses and residents, asking for easier access to Caldwell Road West, has been taken onboard.

“We are making this possible and are amending the detour route. Thank you to the public for their important feedback.”

“From 15 July to mid-December 2024, State Highway 6 (Middle Renwick Road) will be closed to eastbound traffic between Jacksons Road and Caldwell Road West. People travelling from Renwick, Woodbourne, or Havelock will have to use a detour when heading to the airport or into Blenheim,” Mr Bhula says.

He says the amended detour route will be trialled for three weeks to ensure it is safe and is being used appropriately.

“To ensure traffic can flow effectively, it is essential that people follow the detour. If drivers attempt to bypass the closure points to reach the airport or Blenheim, we will have to revert to the original detour plan.”

Work on service relocation and building a new temporary road for people exiting the airport started on 10 June. From 12 July, a new temporary road to exit the airport will be finished.

Mr Bhula says power and water service relocation works are being completed before construction of the new roundabout begins next month.

“These are significant works and will cause some disruption for the community. However, businesses in the project area will remain open and accessible to the public, and we encourage the community to continue to support them while construction is underway.”

Airport access

For people wishing to access the airport, the route is via a left-hand turn off State Highway 6 via Tancred Crescent. People exiting the airport should use the left-hand turn onto State Highway 6 through the newly constructed temporary road.

More information

SH6 Middle Renwick Road/Tancred Cres roundabout

Detour details

  • From 15 July to mid-December, SH6 (Middle Renwick Road) between Jacksons Road and Caldwell Road West will be closed in one direction to eastbound traffic 
  • Light vehicles travelling from Nelson/Renwick into Blenheim, or the airport will need to detour via Old Renwick Road and Jacksons Road. 
  • All light vehicles leaving the airport and wanting to travel into Blenheim will need to take SH6 towards Renwick, onto SH63 and right turn onto Anglesea Street, right turn onto High Street/SH6, onto Old Renwick Road and right on Jacksons Road. 
  • Heavy vehicles leaving the airport and wanting to travel to Blenheim will need to take the same route to Anglesea Street, then left onto Boyce Street and onto SH6. Right onto Rapaura Road/SH62, right on Jacksons Road and back onto SH6.