31 Jan 2011

Coromandel highway remains closed

5:28 pm on 31 January 2011

A major road into the Coromandel Peninsula remained closed on Monday following a large slip.

State Highway 25 (the Thames Coast Road) was closed near Ruamahanga when thousands of cubic metres of debris came down on Saturday morning.

The Transport Agency says the road is likely to be closed until Tuesday evening.

The State Highway manager for Waikato-Bay of Plenty says the huge landslip is being dug out from either end and every truck that can be found from sub-contractors in the area is helping move the rubble.

Some 3000 cubic metres of boulders and mud is being cleared.

The large slip, caused by weather conditions brought by Cyclone Wilma, was one of several on State Highway 25.

A spokesperson for the Thames-Coromandel District Council says any drivers leaving from north of the slip should go the long way round on State Highway 25 via Whitianga, rather than the tracks across the peninsula.

However, no settlements on the Coromandel are cut off, as a lane is open at all other landslip sites.