Flood af­fected highways re­open

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

The Manawatu Gorge and the Pa­ha­iatua Track re­opened in time for the week­end, less than a week af­ter one of the worst floods in lower North Is­land’s history.

The gorge was opened fol­low­ing a geotech­ni­cal as­sess­ment but re­pairs to dam­aged mesh bar­ri­ers and rock catch­ers will con­tinue.

On the Pahiatua Track, an es­ti­mated 30-40,000 cu­bic me­tres of soil and rock from a slip next to the look­out at the Palmer­ston North end had to be cleared. A 30 kilo­me­tre speed re­stric­tion is in place there and near the in­ter­sec­tion of the Pahiatua Track and Bush Track. Sec­tions may be re­duced to one lane over the next two weeks to al­low con­trac­tors to fin­ish the cleanup.

SH54 be­tween Chel­tenham and Vine­gar Hill is still closed with sin­gle lane ac­cess for 4WD emer­gency ve­hi­cles only.

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