If weather changes, gorge highway could close again

NZTA asks people to consider using SH35 as alternative route.

NZTA asks people to consider using SH35 as alternative route.

The main highway north from Gisborne through the Waioeka Gorge reopened again this morning.

From today, the gorge will be open during daylight hours (about 7.30am to 5pm), subject to daily safety inspections.

For road user safety, the gorge will close each night between Waioeka Pa Road and Te Wera Road at 4:30pm.

Traffic will be able to access the Gorge from 7am, and wait for it to open closer to the site.

A big slip on June 24 shut the gorge for a week.

Because of bad weather in the area early this week, the New Zealand Transport Agency shut it again as a safety precaution.

If the inspection deems it unsafe to open, there is room to turn around.

NZTA says be warned that poor weather might force the gorge to be closed as a safety precaution. NZTA asks people to consider using SH35 as an alternative route between Gisborne and Opotiki, which will take about five hours.

The main highway north from Gisborne through the Waioeka Gorge reopened again this morning.

From today, the gorge will be open during daylight hours (about 7.30am to 5pm), subject to daily safety inspections.

For road user safety, the gorge will close each night between Waioeka Pa Road and Te Wera Road at 4:30pm.

Traffic will be able to access the Gorge from 7am, and wait for it to open closer to the site.

A big slip on June 24 shut the gorge for a week.

Because of bad weather in the area early this week, the New Zealand Transport Agency shut it again as a safety precaution.

If the inspection deems it unsafe to open, there is room to turn around.

NZTA says be warned that poor weather might force the gorge to be closed as a safety precaution. NZTA asks people to consider using SH35 as an alternative route between Gisborne and Opotiki, which will take about five hours.

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