Wet weather causes slip

Rock fall stops work on Roxburgh Gorge trail

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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