West Coast roads reopen following severe weather event

NZ Transport Agency
March 27, 2019

A number of roads on the West Coast are now open, albeit to one lane in places, after the significant flooding of the past two days, says the NZ Transport Agency.

State Highway 6 through South Westland will remain closed at the Waiho River, between the Fox and Franz Josef townships, until the bridge is replaced in the next week to ten days.

  • People can now drive south of Fox Glacier to Haast and Otago and north of Franz Josef to Greymouth.

People are urged to take care and be patient and expect a longer than usual journey for everyone’s safety, says Pete Connors, Transport Agency System Manager.

Surface flooding is clearing in most places but people still need to take care as crews and residents clean up.

Roads open

  • SH6 south of Hokitika to Franz Josef is open but is one lane in several places.
  • SH6 south of Fox Glacier to Haast is also open with several one lane sections.
  • SH6 south of Haast through to Makaroroa in Otago is also open with one lane sections.
  • SH73 from Jacksons through Kumara to Kumara Junction is open with one lane sections.
  • Lewis Pass, SH7 via Waipara and Reefton – open. The Lewis Pass is the link between Canterbury and the West Coast currently.
  • The highway north of Greymouth between Barrytown and Westport was opened earlier today.
  • State Highway 73 on the Otira Gorge is now open again

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For more information please contact:

Frances Adank

Media Manager

NZ Transport Agency

T: 03 964 2806

M: 021 705 613

E: Frances.Adank@nzta.govt.nz

W: www.nzta.govt.nz


It's now business as usual in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, visit both towns to show your support to the local community following this event.