Slip to be cleared this week

More than a hundred truck loads of earth will have been dumped by the time a massive slip in Marlborough is cleared, roading officials say.

The slip, which closed Port Underwood Rd on Whatamango Hill nearly three weeks ago, is expected to be cleared by the end of the week.

Marlborough Roads senior assets manager Wayne Oldfield said contractors expected the road to be open by next Monday.

Roading staff were clearing about 1000 cubic metres of slip material daily, Oldfield said.

At the same time, they were reshaping the embankment face to an angle at which it could support itself.

Staff started from the top of the embankment and pushed slip material away from the face of the bank as they reshaped it, he said.

Along with the big slip, about four smaller slips also needed to be cleared.

About 10,000 to 12,000 cubic metres of earth would be cleared before the slips had been repaired.

Each truck load carried about 10 cubic metres of loose material, which was dumped by the western side of the Whatamango Hill.

The storm on Tuesday and Wednesday last week hadn't caused serious damage in Marlborough, Oldfield said.

There were "odd bits of slip" on the Northbank but Marlborough Roads dealt with those as they would with normal wet weather days, he said.

Reserve Rd and Ward Beach Rd remained closed due to flooding at the ford crossing, but were expected to re-open this week.

The Marlborough Express