A substantial slip triggered by heavy rain has closed SH6 south of Haast township on the West Coast side of this highway link to Otago, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
"The slip is still moving and covering both lanes of the highway," says Moira Whinham, Maintenance Contract Manager, Waka Kotahi on the West Coast.
"The weather which has triggered the slip is not forecast to improve today which makes it unsafe for contractors to start clearing the slip at this stage. As a result, the highway will remain closed overnight with an update at midday Tuesday."
There is no alternative route from Haast to Otago than SH6. Drivers otherwise need to take SH73 to Canterbury and down the South Island’s east coast.
There is also surface flooding between Haast and Hokitika on SH6 so all drivers on the highway are encouraged to take care, slow down and expect some debris on the highway at low lying areas with reduced visibility.
Due to high avalanche hazard, the road into Milford Sound will remain closed today and overnight. Next update will be Tuesday 7.30am.
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