Thames highway closed for rock blasting

Rock blasting is expected to be taking place on SH25 (Thames Coast Road) today.

State Highway 25 (Thames Coast Road) at Whakatete Bay will be closed for around three hours today while a small amount of blasting takes place at a rock fall site.

The road is expected to be closed from 11am until 2pm to allow for the blasting to take place, the clean-up of the debris and for abseiling of the bank to check it is safe enough for road users to pass through.

“The highway at Whakatete Bay has been reduced to one lane since a major weather event three weeks ago,” says the NZ Transport Agency.

“The NZ Transport Agency apologises in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause but geotechnical engineers have confirmed the blasting is the fastest way to get the road open to two lanes again.”

The road is expected to be closed to the public for around three hours but one lane will be open as soon as reasonably practicable.

Meanwhile, SH2 through the Waimana Gorge in the Eastern Bay is closed this week due do another slip.

“One lane is expected to be open by the weekend if possible.” Motorists can get real time information from:

•          0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49)


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