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More blasting at Makarora slip

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Motorists can expect extended delays tomorrow, Wednesday 31 October 2012 while further blasting is carried out to stabilise a major slip on State highway 6 about 16km south of Makarora.

NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) Area Manager Central Otago, John Jarvis, says the job follows on from blasting at the site last Thursday, and is something we had factored into our overall plan to clear the site. This work is important to our continuing efforts to stabilise this slip that came down nearly eight weeks ago. Because the site is in such a confined area, traffic delays are unavoidable.

Subject to weather conditions, there will be an extended traffic delay of about one hour from 1:00pm on Wednesday 31 October 2012 for blasting work.

John Jarvis says power lines through the site will be switched off for about 10 minutes while this blast takes place. While the risk of damage to the lines is low a comprehensive safety plan will be in place.

It will be at least another two weeks, possibly longer, before both lanes of the highway are open and we appreciate the patience of road users while we work to achieve this he said.

Regular updates on this work are available on www.highwayinfo.govt.nz(external link) or by phoning 0800 44 44 49.

For more information please contact:

Bob Nettleton
Regional Communications Advisor
T DDI 03 951 3005   
M  021 954 928   
E-mail bob.nettleton@nzta.govt.nz

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