Another slip at the Manawatu Gorge delays reopening

DAVID UNWIN/STUFF

Work is underway to clear the slip in the Manawatu Gorge.

Another slip will delay the Manawatu Gorge's reopening, as commuters are forced to use windy hill roads for at least another week.

Meanwhile, bad weather is hampering cleanup efforts and has forced a temporary halt to work on the site.

State Highway 3 through the gorge is the main link between Manawatu and the eastern regions of the North Island. It was closed after a large slip covered both lanes on April 24.

Ben Masters/Mastersphotographic

Drone footage of the Manawatu Gorge slip.

A smaller slip that also fell about the same time was cleared and it was hoped the road would re-open on Thursday, but the latest rock fall has put paid to that.

READ MORE:
Work in the Manawatu Gorge to clear slip continues
A look inside the closed Manawatu Gorge
Work finally begins on large Manawatu Gorge slip
Manawatu Gorge closed overnight following slip

About 2000 cubic metres of debris thundered down the Tararua-range side of the gorge on Sunday night.

The latest slip in the Manawatu Gorge.
SUPPLIED

The latest slip in the Manawatu Gorge.

And on Monday, the NZ Transport Agency announced "hazardous conditions caused by poor weather" had forced a temporary halt to work on the notoriously unstable route.

"While contractors have been able to clear some of the new material, there is a risk that further rocks and other loose material, sitting above the slip, may come down," a statement from the agency says.

Its highway manager Ross I'Anson didn't yet have a new re-opening date for the gorge, but said: "The situation will be reassessed at the end of the week."

This slip blocked SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge in April.
DAVID UNWIN/FAIRFAX NZ

This slip blocked SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge in April.

"We're disappointed that we won't be able to re-open the road this week as planned and we know how frustrating these closures are for everyone, but the conditions at the slip site at the moment are simply too unstable for work to continue safely."

Ad Feedback

Forecast rain over the next few days was expected to wash down unstable material, allowing the cleanup to continue.

Work on the large slip site was going well, with contractors clearing remaining debris from the road, I'Anson said.

"Our crews will be clearing material as soon as it is safe to do so."

The Pahiatua Track and Saddle Rd are alternative routes for motorists, but the increase in traffic on the usually quiet roads is disrupting people unused to the constant murmur of traffic.

Meanwhile, businesses that rely on gorge traffic are doing it tough.

In 2011, a large slip closed the Manawatu Gorge road for 14 months and two slips in 2015 also blocked the road.

The slip in 2011 cost $15.8 million to repair and more than $800,000 was spent on two major slips in 2015.

 - Stuff

Comments

Ad Feedback
special offers
Auckland

Indecent acts caught on camera

An aisle at the public Botany Library where one of the indecent acts was committed.

Two quick-thinking Auckland women whipped out their smartphones to film a man allegedly exposing himself in public places.

Firefighting a love affair

Love bloomed over fires, accidents and helping people for Sarah and Daniel Capon.

Love bloomed over fires and accidents for Sarah and Daniel Capon.

1000 homes or millionaire playground?

Moving the rural urban boundary would allow for a 1000-house development adjacent to the marine reserve.

Massive development beside pristine Auckland marine reserve better than council's gated community, developer says.

Aucklanders face slow commutes

Traffic was congested on State Highway 20 after a crash.

Crashes, breakdowns and train faults could lead to traffic chaos.

Wellington

RocketLab makes it pay

Rocket Lab is planning a launch next month from the Māhia Peninsula.

The first one failed but the next test launch from the Māhia Peninsula will carry satellites.

'A lovely, caring man'

Sid Hanzlik, who died after a small fire outside parliament, is understood to have been aggrieved after dealings with ...

Neighbour tells of shock at death of Sid Hanzlik after fire on Parliament grounds.

Where is Lester on Shelly Bay?

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester will not vote on any Shelly Bay issues because one of the developers contributed $2000 to ...

Wellington mayor has stood aside from voting on one of the city's biggest issues.

Porirua fears Gully link road chaos

Construction of Kenepuru interchange as part of the Transmission Gully motorway.

Businesses warn of "nightmare" on "seriously dangerous" Kenepuru Drive.

Canterbury

Heritage project ready to go

25092017 news supplied
An artist's impression of the restored Public Trust building in central Christchurch.

The new owners who rescued Christchurch's old Public Trust building are close to starting work on renovations.

Truck blocks SH7

Motorists travelling through the Lewis Pass should expect lengthy delays after a truck crash on Wednesday morning. (File ...

Motorists travelling through the Lewis Pass should expect lengthy delays after a truck and trailer rolled.

Learning to be a mum in prison video

25092017 Photo Stacy Squires/Stuff.
Life/Style: Christchurch Women?s Prison has a new parenting programme for its ...

A new parenting programme is offering inmates a chance to break the cycle for their children.

Running club nightmares

When my boss volunteered me for the run, I thought a couple of hikes in the hills would make for some great Instagrams. ...

One outing in my spandex completely negates the horrific things I did to my body all week.

Waikato

Go on, have a decent lunch

When Noel Cimadom saw the 1908 Cambridge post office site, he changed his to plan to move closer to Auckland, to open ...

Italian who brought a bit of Europe into Cambridge's historic post office offers some perspective.

Trio in serious crash

Hamilton City councillors Mark Bunting, James Casson, and Dave Macpherson got frustrated with the slow process and put ...

Man cut free of Honda Integra wreckage after latest smash at notorious intersection.

Wild weather turns radio off

Commuters are being advised to take care on their way home.

Multiple radio stations in Waikato are off the air, after a transmission tower was damaged.

Mayor scuttles property biz

Hamilton City councillors voted against bringing back the council property company which developed central city sites ...

King makes second - successful - bid to stop the property development company restarting.

Taranaki

A socially challenging job

Artist Paul Rangiwahia has been invited to speak at Taranaki Base Hospital in conjunction with Social Workers Day.

Death, illness and abuse and grief are all part of the job for a hospital social worker.

Fireworks cause panic

The future of a popular fireworks night in South Taranaki is in the hands of an independent commissioner.

A Guy Fawkes' display was so loud a herd of calves stampeded and some injured themselves, one fatally, a farmer claims.

Parliament fire victim's protests

Sid Hanzlik, who died after a small fire outside parliament, is understood to have been aggrieved after dealings with ...

In the days before his fiery death, Sid Hanzlik was outside Wellington's courts with banners.

Flooding on roads

A slip covered the south bound lane of SH3 near Waverley on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's covered most of the south bound lane in dirt and rocks."

Manawatu

Pedalling a green dream

Green Bikes general manager Peter Cooke likes giving old bicycles a new lease of life.

Meet the man giving new life to old bikes in Palmerston North.

Scarce on detail video

Contractors fix the damaged Manawatū Gorge road in May, before it was deemed unsafe for workers.

About 300 people attended a meeting in Woodville to discuss gorge alternatives.

Motorist kills sheep

State Highway 2 was blocked near Pahiatua by a crash on Tuesday evening.

A car crash near Palmerston North left sheep dead. The driver was unharmed.

Putting NZ First

Don't dare ask Winston Peters who he's going to choose to be New Zealand's next Government. There are democratic ...

OPINION: Peters' plan to follow a "democratic process" is the biggest untruth of them all.

Nelson

Farmers' Market heads riverside

Miriam Clark, manager of Nelson Farmers Market, in Morrison Square.

Nelson's Farmers' Market is to shift from the CBD to a new riverside location.

Street upgrade overrun

Poppy Thai owner Pobsak Srithong says he has paid the debt he owed to his landlord.

A revised construction programme for Queen St upgrade at Richmond has been released.

Mayor's 'talk' over councillor's blog

Mayor Richard Kempthorne says no other action is planned over the blog.

Cr Dean McNamara gets a talk from Tasman mayor over allegations in his blog.

Ice pilot Leachman laid to rest

The acting Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy James Gilmour, left, and fellow Navy officers salute the late Andrew ...

Friends and family of Andrew Leachman farewelled a man whose life was as musical as it was nautical.

Marlborough

Man faces 65 drugs charges

Ricky Michael Boyd, 27, has been charged with offering to sell drugs several times a week over about five months. (File ...

He allegedly offered to sell meth and cannabis several times a week for months.

Battle to save the park

Marlborough Sounds ward councillors have convinced the Marlborough District Council to put the proposed truck park out ...

There are more trucks hanging about Picton and plans are in place to pave over a park. Not everyone is happy.

Driver trapped after truck rolls

Fire crews are working to free the person trapped after a truck and trailer unit rolled.

The driver of a truck and trailer unit became trapped after rolling their vehicle north of Kaikoura.

Pay win becomes a loss

Aberleigh Rest Home, in Blenheim, sent a letter to staff last month announcing its restructure plans.

Care workers jobs to go after equal pay win, replaced by "home assistants". Rest home says it's all it can afford.

South Canterbury

Grand response limited video

Timaru's 105-year-old Hydro Grand Hotel, owned by developer Allan Booth, has been called unsafe as it awaits demolition.

Dangerous designation appears no automatic move to demolition.

Reports 'tip of iceberg'

Raising awareness around elder abuse will help increase the number of reported incidences of abuse, Templeton says.

Age Concern establishes new elder abuse role following concerns of unreported abuse.

Swooping magpies concern

Shirley Halkett is dive bombed by a protective magpie while cycling in the Scenic Reserve.

Cyclists call for signage warning of the dangers of nesting magpies in a Timaru reserve.

Family violence a major issue

Councillor Steve Wills said family violence was a major issue in South Canterbury.

Steve Wills has been appointed South Canterbury's first White Ribbon Ambassador.

Otago

Where you pay 38c more for petrol

Petrol prices in the Southern Lakes average about 23 cents a litre higher than in the North Island.

The fundamental price of petrol is the same across the board, but they'll charge what they can.

Car parking restrictions coming

Queenstown Lakes District Council proposed to build three new bus stops on Camp St, two near Shotover St roundabout.

"To make transport more efficient, economic and possibly more enjoyable, a behavioural change is required." Tony Pickard

Exit package prompts questions

Under-fire Aurora Energy chief executive Grady Cameron.

Dunedin councillors have questioned a golden handshake to an outgoing chief executive of an under-fire lines company.

Premises needed for Frankton library

There's a "real desire" for a library in Frankton, Queenstown Lakes District Council say.

Expression of interest for a short-term Frankton Library in Queenstown is open.

Southland

Deveron St groups make their case

Number 10 youth leader Emma Prinsloo, on right, with youth behind her making their case to councillors.

Invercargill citizens have restated their pleas to save the youth centre at 10 Deveron St at an Invercargill City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Rough waters

Federated Farmers representatives speak to their submission on the Proposed Southland Water and Land Plan at Environment ...

Legal challenges are "inevitable" if the proposed Water and Land Plan goes ahead.

New crossing under trial

Civil Works and Construction Ltd, of Christchurch, works on the new trial pedestrian crossing at James Hargest College ...

Now you see it - now you see it.

Volunteers earn their reward

South Alive manager Cress Evans, community development coordinator Nikki Aaron and chairperson Robyn Hickman with the ...

South Alive say it was the hard work of their volunteers that saw them win the supreme award at the Trust Power Awards in Invercargill.

Ad Feedback