State Highway 6 through Haast Pass, from Haast township to Makarora, has re-opened.
The NZ Transport Agency’s Senior Network Manager Mark Pinner says work got underway at 9am to clear the slip at Diana Falls and sluice the loose material off the lower section of the slip face, after it had been inspected and considered stable.
“We had more rock and material come down off the slip face overnight, our geotech experts being on-site at first light to complete a thorough inspection of the slip face.
“They found the slip had stabilised, after more than 200mm of rain had fallen earlier in the week, resulting in more than 150 cubic metres of rock and material, including a 20-tonne boulder, falling on the highway overnight on Tuesday,” he says.
“We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption this has caused to travel plans but our top priority will always be the safety of road users and contractors.”
For updates on state highway conditions and hazards freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or visit the website www.highwayinfo.govt.nz(external link)
For more information please contact:
Media Manager - Christchurch
NZ Transport Agency
T: 03 964 2885
M: 021 427 442