21 Dec 2016

Quake-damaged SH1 expected to be opened

From Morning Report, 7:29 am on 21 December 2016

Motorists could be back travelling the coast road between Kaikoura and Christchurch this afternoon.

Inland road will be opened today.

Inland road will be opened today. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The section of  State Highway 1 has been closed since last month's devastating 7.8 magnitude quake.

Several landslides covered the road in soil and rock, blocking both directions.

It's expected one lane of the road may be reopened today