Wanaka road now re­opened

The Southland Times - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.’’

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