Work to get the Haast Pass
highway back to full capacity at Diana Falls after the major
landslip which claimed the lives of two Canadian tourists in
September is expected to begin early next month.
State Highway 6 between Haast township and Makarora has been
reduced to single-lane traffic from 8am to 7pm and closed at
night for the past five months, but workers hope to reopen to
two lanes and 24/7 traffic by mid-year, the New Zealand
Transport Agency announced today.
"There have been some delays in getting this work under way
as we have worked to finalise what is needed on site, to
complete the design, source material and appoint a
contractor," NZTA senior network manager Mark Pinner said.
A contractor would be appointed within the next couple of
weeks to undertake the work, including installation of a
catch fence above the road, a debris fence about one-third of
the way up the slip face, and the blasting and removal of
large rocks that are considered at risk of creating
instability at the site.
- By Christine Linnell
of the Greymouth Star