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Wintery blast closes several inland South Island highways


The Transport Agency says inland South Island highways appear to have copped the worst of the today’s winter storm, that’s expected to continue into tomorrow.

The following highways will remain closed overnight:

SH 73 Springfield To Arthurs Pass (porters Pass)

SH 6 Haast To Makarora

SH 8 Lindis Pass, Tarras To Omarama.

SH 6 Fox Glacier To Haast

SH 94 Te Anau To Milford.

SH 8 Omarama To Fairlie

SH 80 Mount Cook Highway

SH 79 Geraldine To Fairlie

The Transport Agency Journey Manager Lee Wright says drivers need to seriously consider if they really need to travel tonight. If they do, then check the weather forecast and highway and local road conditions,  pick the safest route - even if it is the longest - and driving to the conditions.

If they have to travel they should allow more time for their journey, be prepared for unexpected hazards and if they travelling alone, tell someone the route they are taking  and when they expect to arrive.

Ms Wright says if they have  tyre chains, they should know how to use and fit them. They should also respect road closures and restrictions. These are in place to protect them and other road users.”

Even the smallest mistakes and when travelling in snow, ice and frost can see people lose control of their vehicle in a split second she said.

For the latest on road information freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS 0800 44 44 49 or visit the Transport Agency’s website: link).