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South Westland’s State Highway 6 reopens north of Haast – 11.30 am


The NZ Transport Agency’s West Coast maintenance crews have just reopened State Highway 6 at Lake Moeraki, between Haast and Fox Glacier, the site of a slip caused by torrential rain earlier today. The road is also open at the nearby Douglas Culvert where crews have temporarily repaired the culvert so drivers can get through.

“Drivers need to take care, to expect one lane traffic at Lake Moeraki, with surface flooding and debris on the road in several locations, making it a slower than normal trip,” says Pete Connors, Regional Performance Manager for the Transport Agency.

Around 37mm of rain fell in one hour and about 50mm in two hours in South Westland early today as a weather bomb moves up the West Coast.

Drivers should normally check the Transport Agency’s traffic and travel map(external link) or the social media sites (below) for updates, however we are experiencing technical trouble this morning so web traffic closure details may not be reliable. Apologies for this.

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