State Highway 4 remains closed following the large hillside slip that caused significant damage to the road south of Raetihi, with wet weather forecast this week expected to cause further slip movement.
NZ Transport Agency Journey Optimisation Manager Lance Kennedy is reminding people that the site is fully closed off, with no public access permitted until the site stabilises.
“The health and safety of road users and workers is our top priority. We cannot permit public access to the site beyond the cordon until we know that it is safe to enter.
“Any rain in the next few days could exacerbate the slip movement and further hamper our efforts to enter the site safely. In the meantime, we are monitoring and assessing the site using drones.
“We know the closure of this road is having a significant impact on local residents and businesses and we are working hard to find a safe solution for reinstating the road as soon as possible.
“Given the size and complexity of the slip, this will take time and a concerted effort but it is a high priority for the Transport Agency and we will keep the community updated on progress.”
The road will likely remain closed for a significant time and road users are advised to plan ahead.
The Transport Agency reminds road users that the recommended detour route is via State Highway 1 and State Highway 49, which will add at least one hour to the journey.
For more information and updates, please visit https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/sh4-whanganui-to-raetihi-repairs/