Wet weather causes slip
Rock fall stops work on Roxburgh Gorge trail
Construction of the Roxburgh Gorge Trail struck a glitch after heavy rain last month caused a rockfall, halting construction work. Trail project manager Tim Dennis said work to clear the rockfall would not begin until the weather had stabilised and work on the trail had stopped. ‘‘It needs to stop raining and it needs to dry (before construction would continue). Hopefully we will get some more favourable weather,’’ Mr Dennis said. The delay was unlikely to interfere with the opening of the trail, which was expected to be in October. Last month was the wettest June on record throughout Central Otago. Severe rockfalls occurred across the region causing roads to close. Trust chairman Stephen Jeffery said the area known as The Narrows along the trail had been affected by slumps and movement because of the rain. It was disappointing work had to stop on the trail as if the ‘‘unusual weather’’ had not occurred, gravelling of the trail would be taking place, Mr Jeffery said. The cost of the clean-up of the trail rockfall would be ‘‘marginal’’, he said.