Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says people on Southland and Otago roads and across the South Island need to be ready for a slower than usual journey today and into the week. A number of events are bringing people in and out of the two southern regions at the same time, on top of last week’s floods.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency reopened SH6 from Queenstown’s Frankton to Kingston and Five Rivers in Southland after 3 pm this afternoon, after morning and yesterday evening convoys to allow traffic out of Te Anau and Queenstown.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has organised convoys of traffic out of Te Anau from the Five Rivers Junction (intersection of state highways 6 and 97) late this afternoon to 7 pm (hourly), through to Frankton near Queenstown, where the highways to the north are open.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has organised convoys of traffic out of Te Anau from the Five Rivers Junction (intersection of state highways 6 and 97) starting at 4 pm this afternoon, through to Frankton near Queenstown, where the highways to the north are open.
Despite generally sunnier weather in the south of the South Island, rising river levels in Southland and Otago continue to keep highways around Southland and Otago towns closed this morning and into the early afternoon.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says the Milford Road, SH94, will be closed at least into the weekend and potentially into next week given the damage from torrential rain and ongoing moving slips in the past 48 hours.
South Westland’s SH6 Waiho/Waiau bailey bridge, is getting new deck planks this month. The bridge was replaced last March, including a temporary driving surface, after a storm washed away most of the old bailey bridge.
The highway between Fox Glacier township and Haast in South Westland will reopen at 9.30am today after rain washed out a culvert at Thirsty Culvert (which runs over Stoney Creek) late yesterday, after 5pm.