Thousands of keen Kiwis cyclists are expected to participate in a series of events around the country during February as part of Bike Wise Month, New Zealand's annual cycling celebration that encourages more Kiwis to get on their bikes.
The NZ Transport Agency says it plans to start re-building the section of State Highway 6 washed away by flood waters near Harihari on the West Coast later today (Saturday, 5 January) or tomorrow at the latest.
The NZ Transport Agency says flood waters are still preventing structural engineers from inspecting the bridge spanning the Wanganui River near the West Coast community of Harihari and it may be several more days before it is safe to re-open State Highway 6.
The NZ Transport Agency says State Highway 6 north of the West Coast settlement of Harihari could be closed for at least two days after flood waters from the Wanganui River gouged away about 40 metres of highway on the northern approach to a single lane bridge spanning the river.
The NZ Transport Agency says State Highway 6 near Harihari on the West Coast remains closed as contractors try to divert the flood-swollen Wanganui River so that they can better assess the state of the single lane bridge spanning the river.