The NZ Transport Agency says one lane is to open on State Highway 25A in Coromandel this evening but further closures will be needed to get the road cleared as quickly and safely as possible.
A closure will be put in place between 9am and 3pm each day until at least the end of this week to enable the removal of debris from the top of the slip and to clear it at the bottom. The road will be open to one lane between 3pm and 9am.
The agency’s Regional Transport System Manager, Karen Boyt, says people should avoid the area when the road is closed and can expect delays when one lane is open.
“We understand the impact this ongoing closure will have on the public and we apologise in advance for the inconvenience, but this method will get the road open to two lanes faster.
“The closure will mean we’ll be able to use bigger and more equipment to clear the debris and it will also keep the public safe and away from falling debris,” Ms Boyt says.
The closure has been scheduled at a time when traffic is generally lower.
The slip will be monitored during the day and overnight to ensure closures are put in place quickly if the slip creates a further risk to the public.
People can use State Highway 2 when the road is closed however this will add around an hour and forty minutes to a journey.