Work will resume on Monday on State Highway 60 at Birds Hill in Golden Bay to get both lanes reopened before the Christmas holidays.
The road collapsed in the December 2011 storms but wet weather and cold temperatures meant that the NZ Transport Agency had to stop work on the rebuild during August and September because the conditions would hamper construction.
Regional performance manager Mark Owen said that everything was ready for work to begin again on Monday, with the focus on completing this before the Christmas holiday period.
"It's a shame that mother nature wasn't more co-operative over winter, but we're all looking forward to getting stuck into this job again. We're equally focused on getting both lanes open as soon as possible, but we're also making sure we deliver a permanent, long-term fix for this vulnerable hillside. We've got to make sure that this stretch of SH60 is structurally sound and can stand up to future subsidence."
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