The NZTA advises motorists the Manawatu Gorge is likely to remain closed for the rest of the day due to a slip.
Regional state highways manager David McGonigal says the slip happened earlier this morning, and early indications are that the gorge is likely to remain closed for the remainder of the day as crews work to clean up debris. An update will be provided this afternoon.
“We appreciate this is frustrating for motorists so soon after the last slip, and our top priority at this stage is getting it cleaned up and reopening the road safely.”
‘We thank motorists for their patience and understanding.”
Mr McGonigal says the slip is in the same location as the previous slip that recently closed the Gorge for ten days, but it is significantly less severe. The NZTA is still assessing the situation, but the slip appears to have resulted from residual material that did not come down in the previous slip.
Motorists are advised to use the Saddle Road or Pahiatua Track as an alternative route.
For up to date information on highway closures, conditions or delays, visit www.highwayinfo.govt.nz(external link) or phone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).