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SH2 Waioeka Gorge

Updated: 11 April 2013

The NZTA are pleased to advise that State Highway 2 (SH2) through the Waioeka Gorge is now open to all vehicles in both directions, 24/7. The NZTA thanks the people of the Eastern Bay of Plenty and Gisborne - and everyone else who was affected - for being so patient during the works.

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Progress update

Works to fully reinstate State Highway 2 through the Waioeka Gorge is now completed.

State Highway 2 Waioeka Gorge slip update

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Photo’s from when the slip occurred and the work to restore access through the gorge.

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Traffic management at the temporary diversion route.

Traffic management at the temporary diversion route.

Truck using the temporary diversion route.

Truck using the temporary diversion route.

The first vehicles through when the Temporary Diversion route opened.

The first vehicles through when the Temporary Diversion route opened.

Winching and sluicing occurring simultaneously.

Winching and sluicing occurring simultaneously.

Good view of slip material on road with stream adjacent.

Good view of slip material on road with stream adjacent.

Aerial view of slip face.

Aerial view of slip face.

Waioeka Gorge access track.

Waioeka Gorge access track.

The slip face..

The slip face.

A truckload of material heading out.

A truckload of material heading out.

A digger loading material onto trucks at the base of the slip in zone 3.

A digger loading material onto trucks at the base of the slip in zone 3.

Working on the base track.

Working on the base track.

Waioeka base track clearing.

Waioeka base track clearing.

Waioeka Gorge slip.

Waioeka Gorge slip that occurred on Saturday 3 March just after 5.00pm was ten times bigger than the preliminary slip on Friday 2 March.

Media Releases

NZTA aiming for two-way traffic through Waioeka Gorge by Christmas
7 December 2012
Work continues at Waioeka Gorge, between Opotiki and Gisborne, to fully reinstate State Highway 2 with considerable progress being made in extending the road around the slip area.

Stabilisation work completed now work to fully reinstate highway to begin
18 September 2012
The work to stabilise the slip face that closed State Highway 2 through the Waioeka Gorge in March is now complete says the NZTA, with the work to fully reinstate the road to begin later next month.

Intermittent closures to SH2 through Waioeka Gorge next week
14 June 2012
State Highway 2 (SH2) through Waioeka Gorge will be temporarily closed for one hour periods next week to enable rocks and slip material to be removed from the slope where a large slip occurred in March this year, says the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

Site inspection indicates Waioeka Gorge slip face still relatively stable despite movement over the last few days
16 May 2012
The NZTA says inspection by geologists yesterday (15 May 2012) confirms the slip face remains relatively stable.

Bulk slip material is likely to be completely removed in a few weeks time
3 May 2012
Work to remove the bulk slip material from the middle of the slip face in the Waioeka Gorge is likely to be completed in 3 weeks time, says the NZTA.

Temporary road opens 24/7 restoring full gorge access for Gisborne district
5 April 2012
The temporary diversion route will now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week restoring full access through the gorge 4 weeks after a series of large slips closed SH2 near Gisborne, says the NZTA.

NZTA monitors temporary route as severe weather forecasted for Eastern BOP
2 April 2012
The NZ Transport Agency says it will be monitoring the temporary diversion route through the Waioeka Gorge near Gisborne as severe weather is forecasted to hit the Eastern Bay of Plenty early this week.

Traffic flowing well through the temporary diversion route at the gorge
30 March 2012
A day on from its opening the temporary diversion route through the Waioeka Gorge near Gisborne continues to have a steady gradual flow of traffic through the specially created one-lane road.

NZTA confirms the temporary diversion route is now open
29 March 2012
The NZ Transport Agency says the temporary diversion route through the Waioeka Gorge near Gisborne opened at 9am this morning (Thursday 29 March) and traffic is flowing gradually through the specially created one-lane road.

NZTA aims to open the temporary diversion route tomorrow
28 March 2012
The NZ Transport Agency says it is endeavouring to open a temporary diversion route through the Waioeka Gorge near Gisborne tomorrow morning (Thursday 29 March), provided that no significant slip movement has occurred overnight.

Gorge temporary diversion route under construction
21 March 2012
The NZ Transport Agency has started construction on the temporary diversion route around the slip area on State Highway 2 through Waioeka Gorge.

Stabilising slip face still key focus
19 March 2012
Stabilising the slip face is critical to getting the state highway reopened quickly, says NZTA.

NZTA making progress at Waioeka Gorge
16 March 2012
The NZ Transport Agency says that good progress is being made towards securing the Waioeka Gorge slip site, and planning is underway for a planned temporary diversion route.

Progress made with top third slope face stabilised
14 March 2012
The Waioeka Gorge has made steady progress with the top third of the slope now stable and work is underway to stabilise a problematic area in the middle of the slope, says the NZTA.

Machines brought in to create access tracks at Gorge
13 March 2012
Things are progressing steadily at the Gorge which has closed State Highway 2 between Gisborne and Opotiki, says NZTA.

Geologists say Gorge still unsafe for workers to begin removal slip material
8 March 2012
Geologists assessing the slip face at the Waioeka Gorge say the site is still too unstable for workers to safely begin the task of removing slip material.

NZTA advises motorists not to use Motu Road as an alternative route
6 March 2012
Acting BOP state highways manager Andrew Scott is urging motorists affected by the SH2 Waioeka Gorge closure to use SH35 around the East Cape or SH5 through Taupo after hearing reports that drivers are using the Motu Road.

State Highway 2 Waioeka Gorge monsoon buckets used to manage further slips
5 March 2012
Monsoon buckets have been used today to dislodge areas of rockface that appear to have been weakened by the large slip over the weekend at the Waioeka Gorge, says the NZTA.

SH2 Waioeka Gorge could remain closed for 4 weeks
4 March 2012
The Waioeka Gorge between Opotiki and Gisborne could remain closed for a month says the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) after preliminary inspections identified yesterdays slip could be ten times larger than the 10,000 cubic metres that came down on Friday.