Kaikoura Star - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

he re-clo­sure of State High­way 1 south of Kaik­oura this week is an im­por­tant step for­ward in mak­ing this vital piece of road safer and more re­li­able.

The clo­sure will be in­con­ve­nient for some, and there never will be a per­fect time to shut it down, but it is nec­es­sary that the high­way is made more re­silient against heavy rain and other nat­u­ral fac­tors like af­ter­shocks, par­tic­u­larly as we head to­wards win­ter.

New slips along the road due to weather con­di­tions means the NZTA has re­peat­edly had to close the road in the last few weeks, which has dis­rupted travel and also the on­go­ing road work it­self.

We have come a long way since Novem­ber 14, but there is still work to be done. Ul­ti­mately, the road needs to be at a point where it can safely be open 24 hours a day.

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