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State Highway 1 reopens in Marlborough

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State Highway 1 near Seddon has reopened to traffic after being closed earlier today due to flooding.

Andrew James, Systems Manager Top of the South, says a single lane of the State Highway was cleared for use under stop-go conditions just after three o’clock this afternoon.

He is warning road users that the clean-up continues, and drivers should be prepared for road works and delays.

“This is Marlborough's third big dump of rain in recent weeks. Our maintenance crews are hard at work clearing slips and fixing other damage. This work will take some time, but we are trying to get it done as quickly as possible’, Mr James says.

Meanwhile, contractors have also worked hard to remove a large logjam from the Waiau River Bridge on State Highway 1, north of Blenheim.

Mr James says the work was needed to relieve pressure on the bridge.

“Our contractors did have to wait for river levels to drop before doing the clean-up. But they have now managed to clear all the debris. There are no safety concerns regarding the bridge”.

Waiau River Bridge, SH1.

Meanwhile, State Highway 63 near Renwick will remain closed overnight because of flooding. Diversions are in place, meaning road access to the Wairau Valley is available.

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