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Fresh fall of rock Meybille Bay - road not opening today

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A fresh rock fall on the north side of the Meybille Bay, West Coast slip this morning has slowed down rock removal from the site.

Fresh fall of rock Meybille Bay

Fresh fall of rock Meybille Bay

“State Highway 6 will not be reopening today between Punakaiki and Charleston,” says NZ Transport Agency Regional Performance Manager Pete Connors. A further update will be provided mid tomorrow morning, 14 September.

“Crews and geotechnical staff will be reassessing the site this afternoon to determine what work may be needed to stabilise it and ensure safety for road users,” he said. About 200 cubic metres of rock fell on the north side of the slip this morning, suspending removal work there.

Around 1,000 cubic metres was removed from the site yesterday by two crews with six trucks each side.

“Crews are continuing to remove rock and soil from the south side of the slip and are trucking it to the West Coast Regional Council’s seawall extension at Punakaiki.”

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