Most Roads Open Including Karangahake Gorge

Posted by Gold FM on 24/07/2012



  •  The Karangahake Gorge on State Highway 2 between Waihi and Paeroa has reopened. Extreme caution is required due to small slips and a slippery road surface.
  •   State Highway 25 between Thames and Coromandel Town is now open. Motorists are being cautioned to take care as debris is still being cleared from this stretch of SH25. There are also small slips at various locations sectioned off with road cones.
  •   A section of State Highway 25 between Coromandel Town and Whitianga affected by a major slip west of Te Rerenga (before Quarry Road) is expected to reopen to temporary two lane access by later tonight. The road will be back to single lane access during the day tomorrow, to assist road crews on the continuing clean up. Motorists should continue to take care when travelling through this area.
  •  State Highway 29 on the lower Kaimais (Waikato side) - the cleanup is continuing in relation to some isolated small slips and a number of pot holes. Contractors confirm there are no delays to traffic and both lanes are open – but motorists are asked to take care when travelling through the clean up areas.

 Bay of Plenty:

  •  Both lanes through SH2 Athenree Gorge are now open, although speed restrictions will remain in place until all slip material has been removed from the area. This is likely to be later this week, weather dependent.
  •   Also SH2 at Apata has now reopened to two lanes and is back to its 100km speed limit, after a slip closed the road between Katikati and Tauranga earlier today.
  •  SH30 at Rotoma Hill - there are isolated slips. The road is open but drivers still need to take care.

 Drivers are urged to take extreme care on the highways, drive to the conditions, and allow more time for their journeys.