Wanaka road now reopened
One lane of the slip and rainaffected Lakeside Rd in Wanaka was reopened to traffic at 3.30pm yesterday.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council has been working with the developers of an adjacent construction site to reopen the road.
The lane will be under stop go traffic control. A pedestrian path is also available.
The road surface has been cleared of debris and a concrete buttress wall installed to hold back any more soil that might be inclined to spill onto the road from the construction site.
The developers were happy that the solution provided for the safety of road users, council communications adviser Jimmy Sygrove says, in a statement.
The site would be closely monitored and the road would be closed if there was any change in stability or risk to traffic and pedestrians, Sygrove said.
‘‘At this time there is no confirmed timeline for when two lanes will be open to traffic,’’ he said.
Further updates would be issued. In the meantime the council wanted to thank the community and local residents for their ongoing patience, Sygrove said.
Stuff has sought information from council planning and development general manager Tony Avery about any enforcement repercussions the developer might face, following the landslide on September 8.
Sygrove said it was ‘‘too early to comment’’.
‘‘Our focus at this stage continues to be ensuring the safety of the site.’’