The New Zealand Transport Agency is advising that the Milford Road (SH94), was closed to traffic on 6pm Tuesday 13 November due the risk of rock falls above the western portal of the Homer Tunnel.
NZTA Southern State Highway Manager Ian Duncan said the closure was necessary to protect the safety of the travelling public.
“Rocks are currently suspended in a snowpack above the tunnel portal, and as the snow melts the rocks are expected to drop vertically onto the road near the tunnel portal. Our top priority is protecting the safety of road users, and this closure will remain in effect until further notice.”
Mr Duncan said geotechnical experts had carried out an initial inspection today and confirmed that it is not possible to predict when or how much material may be dislodged as the snow recedes during the warmer periods or due to rain.
Mr Duncan said the NZTA would provide a further update on Wednesday 14 November.