Milford and Hollyford roads open

Snow and avalanche debris on the western side of the Homer Tunnel on Wednesday. Photo: Milford...
Snow and avalanche debris on the western side of the Homer Tunnel on Wednesday. Photo: Milford Road/NZTA
The Milford Road in Southland has reopened after work to clear avalanches was carried out earlier today.

State Highway 94 had been closed from the  East Gate (Hollyford) to West Gate (Chasm) from 4.30pm on Monday ahead of forecast heavy rain and increasing severity of avalanche.

The Milford Road/NZ Transport Agency advised that the road reopened by 10.45am today after a helicopter used explosives to clear the area.

However, more snow was forecast to road level on Friday and Saturday, while rain was expected from tomorrow and through the weekend.

Hollyford Road open

While the Milford Road was closed,  NZTA said more resources were able to be put into the Hollyford Valley.

The road had to be cleared after recent heavy rain caused creeks to flood and block bridges. Some creeks then scoured out the road.

On Monday the Hollyford Road had been open to the Airstrip, and it was now open to the end.

"Please drive with care as machinery is still operating clearing material."



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