The NZ Transport Agency is advising SH25 will close daily from 9am to 4pm due to the clean-up of a large slip located at Ruamahunga just north of Otuturu Cresent in the Coromandel.
Contractors are on site clearing around 10,000m3 of material that has come down since the heavy rain on Sunday.
Waikato Systems Manager Karen Boyt says the full closure is required during the day to allow us to clear the slip more effectively which means a faster recovery time. The narrow width of the road does not allow for one lane of traffic and diggers and trucks to operate safely and effectively together.
“The road will re-open to one lane tonight at 5pm under stop-go traffic management and close tomorrow morning at 9am. We ask people to travel safely through the site and to observe the 30km/hr speed limit. For the rest of the week the road will open at 4pm.
“We appreciate the inconvenience to those that these events cause. NZTA and our contractors are working hard to get this work done to ensure we get this important route up and running as soon as possible.
At this stage we are expecting to open to two lanes 24/7 by the end of this weekend if site conditions remain stable,” says Karen.
The NZ Transport Agency asks motorists who are travelling through Thames or Coromandel during the day to plan ahead and consider spending the day at their destination before returning after 4pm when the site is reopened.