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COVID-19 SERVICES UPDATE: Information on Waka Kotahi services

Haast highway, SH6, remaining closed today and tomorrow due to fresh slip at Clarke Bluff south-east of Haast

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency crews are dealing with a fresh slip largely comprising rockfall on SH6 between Haast and Haast Pass today. The highway links the West Coast to Otago.

Large rock fall on State Highway 6, completely blocking the road

“Geotechnical advisors and abseilers are on their way to Clarke Bluff south-east of Haast now to assess the risk and what work needs to be done.

“The next update on this SH6 closure is expected at 5 pm tomorrow evening (Saturday, 7 December),” says Moira Whinham, Maintenance Contract Manager for the Transport Agency on the West Coast.

A week of slips with extreme rain conditions:

Transport Agency crews have now managed to get the highway cleared between Fox Glacier and Haast where an earlier slip south of Knights Point closed the highway yesterday afternoon.  That area of highway will reopen around 2 pm this afternoon, allowing access to Haast township from the north.

  • The highway was closed earlier this week due to multiple slips near Haast on Tuesday, for part of the day.

Record amounts of rain have fallen in a short space of time this week on the West Coast, says the MetService.

MetService Severe Weather Warnings: https://services.metservice.com/warnings/severe-weather-warnings(external link)

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