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NZ Transport Agency to open SH1 at midday


The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed it will reopen State Highway 1 between Seddon and south of Ward at approximately midday after a strong effort from road repair crews.

Marlborough Roads Manager Frank Porter says contractors have put in a heroic effort to restore the highway after yesterday's earthquake opened up several large longitudinal cracks in the road.

"We want to sincerely thank the public for being so patient. When the main highway is closed it's always a big disruption, and people have been really understanding. Our hats go off to the road crews for getting the job done so quickly to enable this lifeline to reopen."

Mr Porter says once the road is reopened there is likely to be further roadworks to patch up the highway, and delays are likely throughout the day.

People setting out on their journeys are urged to first check the NZTA’s website, which is regularly updated with information about most delays, closures and detours at link). This information is also available by phoning the NZTA’s free phone on 0800 4HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49), which can also be used to report any significant road issues or hazards which people may come across during their travels.

The NZTA also uses other technology to provide information to enable drivers to make better informed choices about their travel. On The Move is a free service which enables people to sign up for information about crashes, road works and driving conditions on their frequently used routes - to sign up, go to link).

For more information please contact:

Anthony Frith
Media Manager – Central Region
T 04 894 5251
M 027 213 7617