Lane opened af­ter slip de­bris cleared

Otago Daily Times - - Regions - TIM MILLER tim.miller@odt.co.nz

AF­TER more than a week a sec­tion of Lake­side Rd in Wanaka blocked by a land­slip from a nearby de­vel­op­ment site was fi­nally cleared and par­tially re­opened to traf­fic yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Con­trac­tors cleared the mud and other de­bris from the site of the Ma­rina Ter­race Apart­ment de­vel­op­ment which had been block­ing the road since last Thurs­day night.

One lane of the road is now open to mo­torists with stop­go traf­fic man­age­ment in place.

The foot­path along the lakefront has also been re­opened.

It is not known when the road will be re­opened to two lanes.

If any sta­bil­ity is­sues were de­tected at the Ma­rina Ter­race Apart­ments site over the week­end, the road would be im­me­di­ately closed, Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Jimmy Sy­grove said.

A con­crete but­tress wall had been in­stalled to stop any de­bris fall­ing on to the road.

The coun­cil was still work­ing with the de­vel­op­ers of the Ma­rina Ter­race Apart­ments to re­open the road to two lanes but was sat­is­fied the cur­rent so­lu­tion was safe for mo­torists.

The coun­cil would con­tinue to pro­vide up­dates as they be­came avail­able.

Any in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause of the slip and any en­force­ment ac­tion would be sec­ondary to en­sur­ing the site was safe and al­low­ing Lake­side Rd to re­open to two lanes, Mr Sy­grove said.

PHOTO: TIM MILLER

At work . . . De­bris from a land­slip which closed a sec­tion of Lake­side Rd in Wanaka for more than a week was fi­nally cleared yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, al­low­ing the Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil to open the sec­tion to one lane. There is no time­line for when the sec­tion will re­open to two lanes.

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