• Patrick McBride

Fresh slip at OMOTO

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is asking motorists to take extra care.

New slip on State Highway 7

PHOTO: Patrick McBride

Road users are urged to take care along the Omoto route today after a fresh slip occurred on the hillside. Contractors were quick to clear debris this morning with minimal disruptions. Rock, rubble and trees remain threatening for now.

The Omoto Road has been plagued with issues over the years and the latest slip adds to a long list of problems for NZTA.

2019 slip that closed the Highway for months.

PHOTO: Patrick McBride

In 2019 the West Coast highway was closed after a massive landslide. The section of SH7, which is the main road linking Reefton and Greymouth cut Kaiata residents from having direct access to town, forcing them to back travel for a detour on the other side of the Grey River, via Taylorville.

The TranzAlpine at the time was stopping at Arthur's Pass and offering buses for people wanting to continue on to the West Coast due to the damage to tracks below the slip.

Funding to restore rail and full road was split between Waka Kotahi NZTA and KiwiRail. The Transport Agency’s network contractor, Fulton Hogan, was delivering the works with several local suppliers as well as outside contractors accommodated in Greymouth.