Council now has control of SH60
The Tasman District Council has taken over the management of the maintenance of State Highway 60 from the Riwaka Bridge to Collingwood.
Until July 1, the section of highway was managed for the New Zealand Transport Agency by consultants MWH, which used Fulton and Hogan as its contractors.
The council already manages associated local roads through its contractor Fulton and Hogan.
Council transportation manager Gary Clark said the agreement made sense and was more efficient.
It also meant Golden Bay residents had one point of contact for all roading matters.
The agreement was only made possible because of the council's move to bring engineering expertise back in-house - a shift recognised by NZTA.
The national roading agency would continue to pay for the network's management, he said.
The Nelson Mail