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Update 5pm: SH6 closure near Iron Bridge, Upper Buller Gorge – remaining closed overnight

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State Highway 6 through the Upper Buller Gorge between Murchison and the Iron Bridge at Inangahua will remain closed overnight due to rockfall concerns, says the NZ Transport Agency.

Slip on the Upper Buller Gorge

The slip on the Upper Buller Gorge earlier today. The driver of the car was uninjured despite the unexpected stop to his journey.

The detour route is via Springs Junction and Reefton.

The highway was closed in the early hours of this morning after 800 cubic metres of material fell on the highway, causing a driver to crash into a rock. The driver was uninjured.

See earlier release: Upper Buller Gorge, SH6, slips, closures due to heavy rain over weekend/ Sunday 8 July

“The cliff face has been scaled today with abseilers removing loose rocks  but our geotechnical team is concerned that the risk of rockfall remains for road users,” says Margarita Gonzalez-Borrero, NZ Transport Agency Maintenance Contract Manager.

“Considering that material is still falling, the risk from the overhanging rock and the rain forecast, we have decided not to open the Upper Buller Gorge tonight.  Plans to remove or remediate the rock overhang are being finalised.”

  • A smaller slip at Berlins, SH6, on the Lower Buller Gorge has now been cleared.
  • A smaller slip on the Coast Road at Whitehorse Hill, near Fox River, between Greymouth and Westport, SH6, has also been cleared to allow single lane travel in the meantime.

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