Motorists have been advised to avoid travelling on the
Milford Rd today as high winds and driving rain make
The Transport Agency has issued a warning, asking people to
put off all non-essential travel on the road.
The Milford R re-opened from the Hollyford turn-off to
Milford Sound at 1pm today, after being closed since 5pm last
night because of heavy rain.
More than 157mm of rain fell between midnight and 1pm today
the Transport Agency said, causing surface flooding and
felling a large tree onto the highway at Walker Creek.
Poor weather is expected to continue to make this section of
the highway difficult throughout today and tonight, with snow
also being predicted.
"It is essential motorists carry chains if they have are
travelling this route. Before setting off they should also
phone 0800 44 44 49, or go to www.highwayinfo.govt.nz for the
latest on road conditions," said Transport Agency senior
network manager Peter Robinson.
Milford Rd will close again at 5pm from the Hollyford
turn-off, with a decision on reopening made in the morning.
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ