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SH2 Waimana Gorge to remain closed - Mon 8 July update

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The NZ Transport Agency is advising that SH2 through the Waimana Gorge will remain closed as contractors continue working to clear a significant slip that occurred last Thursday.

Slip on Waimana Gorge on State Highway 2

This slip is located between Stanley Road and Fraser Road.

Bay of Plenty System Manager Rob Campbell says we had our contractors inspect the site over the weekend and this morning and found the hillside is very unstable.

“There is around 3000sqm of materials above the road that is still moving and will need to be removed by drilling into the hillside and then blasting the remaining materials.”

“We expect to start drilling by Wednesday however, the weather plays a big part in what we are able to do and with the weather report forecasting more rain this may change,” says Mr Campbell.

The Transport Agency will continue to provide updates via social media and the NZTA website and expect the road to be re-opened in around 3 weeks.

Further details will be provided end of this week.

The NZ Transport Agency thanks road users for their understanding and patience.

We ask all motorists to use the alternative route and allow extra time for their journeys.

The detour is via Whakatane, Ōhope and Wainui and is clearly sign posted.

The NZ Transport Agency thanks road users for their understanding and patience.

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