Sunshine in many places combined with hard work from highway operators this morning and overnight has enabled Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to reopen most Southland and Otago highways by lunchtime today.
With a number of snow and ice-caused closures around Otago, Southland and further north on Banks Peninsula overnight, sunshine, grader drivers and grit truck operators are making a dent in getting key highways reopened and safer for drivers.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises a detour will be in place at the intersection of State Highway 3 and State Highway 30 in Te Kūiti on Thursday 6 October and Friday 7 October and either Monday 10 October or Tuesday 11 October.
State Highway 35 remains CLOSED between Opotiki and Cape Runaway (Whangaparoa Bay) tonight. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency contractors are working tirelessly to clear around 25 slips affecting this stretch of road.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising people to plan ahead for upcoming closures on State Highway 2 between Ōpōtiki and Matawai in the Waioeka Gorge on Sunday 9 and Sunday 16 October for a culvert replacement near Matawai. The road will remain open between Gisborne and Matawai.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency crews will be rebuilding the highway, at the same time as logging contractors are felling trees, on the inland Rakaia Gorge Road, SH77, this week to the end of October, weekdays.