The tireless efforts of contractors on the ground at the site of a major collapse on State Highway 35 near Motu River Bridge (between Ōpōtiki and Te Kaha), will see a temporary single lane track opened to traffic this evening.
Heavy vehicles with trailers will not be able to access State Highway 35 at Kopuaroa from 11.59pm tonight (Friday 22 July 2022). The road will remain open to all other traffic, including heavy vehicles without trailers.
Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency has issued a safety alert for owners and drivers of vehicles fitted with cardan shaft park brakes to raise awareness of the limitations of the brake mechanism, including the potential risks of parking on slopes.
Waka Kotahi is urging everyone travelling across the Canterbury and Otago regions to take extra care on the roads as strong winds continue to batter the region, with conditions likely to be particularly treacherous in some areas overnight.