Road crews are preparing to use explosives to help clear the huge slip that’s closed State Highway 11 between Paihia and Kawakawa in Northland since Tuesday 13 February.
They’ve got to the point where the use of dynamite blasting is now a safe, viable option for moving a lot of the remaining loose material from the hillside in a controlled manner, says the Transport Agency’s System Manager Steve Mutton.
“We can start blasting this week and we’re still hoping to let traffic through the area sometime in the next 2-3 weeks as planned,” says Mr Mutton.
A further update will be provided closer to the time.
The signposted detour between Kawakawa and Paihia is via State Highways 1, 10 and 11. The detour will add another 10–20 minutes to the journey.
The Transport Agency thanks motorists and visitors to the region for their understanding and patience during this time.