Although the newsletter for 04 March 2022 isn’t online yet, it does seem that Transmission Gully might actually open before too long. Per the newsletter:
Waka Kotahi has agreed to defer 19 outstanding quality assurance tests that were originally required under the contract to be completed prior to the road opening, leaving a total of 81 tests required. Waka Kotahi has also agreed to reduce the requirements for a further 30 assurance tests. These 19 deferred and 30 reduced assurance tests will be completed to the contractually agreed standards after the road opens.
This means that as at 3 March 2022, CPB HEB, the company subcontracted to build Transmission Gully, has had 63 of the agreed 81 safety and quality assurance tests accepted as meeting the required standards. 18 assurance tests are outstanding - 15 with reduced requirements, and three with no change to the contractual requirements for road opening.
Waka Kotahi is not prepared to compromise on the long term safety of the road but we are working to balance this along with the road’s reliability, safeguarding the public from any future financial liability for defects not remedied now, while doing everything we can to ensure people can use this vital transport connection as soon as possible.