The struggle out East

Road workers in the Eastern Bay of Plenty are struggling to keep highways open with a second day of storm conditions forecast.
New Zealand Transport Agency area manager Rod James says it is only luck that has prevented major highway closures following slips this week at Waiotahi, and the Waioeka Gorge on State Highway 2.

NZTA is having difficulty keeping highways in the east open. This is the Maraenui Bluff slip.

The slip on SH2 at Waiotahi happened right next to a rest area, we’ve been using the rest area as a bypass," says Rod.
The Waioeka Gorge is also able to be detoured past.
"In the gorge it is a rock face that’s slipping. We are waiting on an inspection. It’s not clear how long that’s going to take, it could be another week or so depending on the inspection. At least it is open to one way traffic."
Heavy rain on Thursday delayed the opening of Maraenui Bluff slip detour on the East Cape road, SH35, to two lanes.
That is likely to remain one way traffic until the weekend. The forestry road detour around the landward side of the bluff is having to be closed every hour or so, says Rod, so more gravel can be placed over soft spots.


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