The NZ Transport Agency says State Highway 1 near Hatepe, South of Taupo is still open contrary to reports that the road was closed due to a slip late yesterday.
Crews worked through the night to clear the slip with traffic still being able to travel through the area through a single lane that was kept open throughout the clearing process.
The road has been fully open since this morning and the slip material has been completely cleared, motorists planning to travelling to Taupo to compete in the Taupo Cycle Challenge held this weekend will be able to reach their destination without any problems, says the Transport Agency.
The NZ Transport Agency says all other roads to Taupo are also fully open at this time.
The NZ Transport Agency’s website is regularly updated with information about most closures and detours at www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic. This information is also available by phoning the Transport Agency’s free phone on 0800 4HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49), which can also be used to report any significant road issues or hazards.
Coincidently, drivers can now subscribe to On The Move which is a free service providing information about road closures, road works and driving conditions on their frequently used routes - to sign up, go to www.onthemove.govt.nz(external link).
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