Slip near summit closes road

Otago Daily Times - - Regions - TRACEY ROXBURGH tracey.roxburgh@odt.co.nz

THE Crown Range Road, be­tween Queen­stown and Cardrona, is ex­pected to re­open this af­ter­noon af­ter a ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant slip’’ blocked one lane of the alpine road yes­ter­day.

It was es­ti­mated 300cu m of ma­te­rial came down on Chain Bay 5, about 2.5km on the Queen­stown side of the summit about 10.30am yes­ter­day.

A Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil spokesman un­der­stood the rock face was sat­u­rated af­ter heavy rain in the district.

While coun­cil con­trac­tor Downer worked to clear the ma­te­rial and sta­bilise the site, the road was closed to all traf­fic from the turn­off to the Crown Range at State High­way 6, near Ar­row­town, and at Cardrona.

The road be­tween Wanaka and Cardrona town­ship, in­clud­ing the turnoffs to Cardrona Alpine Re­sort and Snow Farm, is un­af­fected.

Un­til the road re­opened, mo­torists were ad­vised to use State High­way 6 past Cromwell and Lug­gate to travel be­tween Queen­stown and Wanaka.

A fur­ther up­date is ex­pected to­day.

PHOTO: DOWNER

You shall not pass . . . The Crown Range Rd is ex­pected to re­open to­day af­ter about 300cu m of ma­te­rial slipped about 2.5km from the summit on the Queen­stown side of the road yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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