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Large slip closes Manawatu Gorge

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The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that the Manawatu Gorge could be closed for around a week after a large slip came down last night following heavy rain.

The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that the Manawatu Gorge could be closed for around a week after a large slip came down last night following heavy rain.

Motorists can use the Pahiatua Track and the Saddle Road as alternative routes.

“We have a very large slip blocking the gorge and debris is still coming down. Early indications are that the slip could take a week to clear,” said Regional State Highways Manager David McGonigal.

“Our contractors are working in difficult conditions to get the road cleared, and have a challenging task ahead of them.”

“We’re grateful to motorists for their patience and understanding while we work to re-open the road safely as soon as we can.”

Motorists can check the latest information on highway conditions, delays and closures at www.highwayinfo.govt.nz(external link), or by calling 0800 4 HIGWHAYS (0800 44 44 49).

For more information or photos please contact:

Anthony Frith
Media Manager – Central Region
T 04 894 5251
M 027 213 7617
anthony.frith@nzta.govt.nz

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