Slip closes Wellington's Ngaio Gorge

Last updated 09:50 10/08/2010
LANE BLOCKED: Police advised motorists to use other routes while contractors cleared the slip.
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LANE BLOCKED: Police advised motorists to use other routes while contractors cleared the slip.
ROAD CLOSED: The slip blocked the city-bound lane of the arterial route to and from Wellington's northern suburbs.
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ROAD CLOSED: The slip blocked the city-bound lane of the arterial route to and from Wellington's northern suburbs.

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Wellington's Ngaio Gorge was shut down this morning as contractors worked to clear a large landslip.

Police said the slip blocked the gorge road, an arterial route to and from Wellington's northern suburbs.

Roadblocks were put in place and motorists were asked to avoid the area.

Traffic on the backroad, between Khandallah and Wilton, was reduced to a crawl as commuters sought alternative ways into the central business district.

The Fire Service has been called in to hose down unstable debris left on the hillside.

After several days of rain in the capital, many other smaller slips have been reported around the hill suburbs.

On Sunday, traffic on major routes linking Wellington, Porirua and the Hutt Valley was badly disrupted by a slip that closed northbound lanes on State Highway 2, just south of Petone, for four hours.

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