6 May 2020

Slip-struck Raetihi to Whanganui SH4 replacement chosen

2:03 pm on 6 May 2020

The path of a new permanent road linking Raetihi and Whanganui has been chosen seven months after the original highway was destroyed in a massive slip.

The road between Whanganui and the town has been closed for most of the month.

The road between the two towns was swept away by a slip in October. Photo: RNZ

A 400m section of State Highway 4 was wiped out in October - adding an extra 90 minutes driving time between the two towns - before a temporary road was built in December.

The Transport Agency said the new permanent road would cross a stabilised section of the slip and follow a similar path to the temporary road.

Work on the design and resource consents is under way, with construction to start at the end of next year.

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