The NZTA advises motorists the Manawatu Gorge is likely to remain closed until at least tomorrow to ensure the stability of the hillside.
Regional state highways manager David McGonigal says contractors are making good progress removing debris. He says that while it is expected the slip will be cleared by the end of today, the NZTA are still monitoring the stability of the slope.
“Safety is our number one concern, so we’ll be keeping the gorge closed until we’re confident the hillside has stabilised. We’ll be monitoring the slip around the clock to keep track of any further movement.
“Once a geological assessment is complete, we will look at reopening the road to one lane in the vicinity of the slip.”
Mr McGonigal says that once the slip is cleared, concrete barriers will be put in place to prevent further slip material landing on the road.
Mr McGonigal says the NZTA is grateful to motorists for their ongoing patience. Motorists are advised to use the Saddle Road or Pahiatua Track as an alternative route.
For up to date information on highway closures, conditions or delays, visit www.highwayinfo.govt.nz(external link) or phone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).