Waimana Gorge to open 24/7

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State Highway two at the Waimana Gorge will be open to all motorists 24 hours a day from this evening.

The site has been reduced to limited opening hours after a slip came down between Stanley and Fraser Roads.

Since then contractors have carried out efforts to remove loose material, and have been monitoring the site during daylight hours only due to visibility issues.

However they've now installed a set of lighting towers which provide a clear view of the slip face overnight and mean the site can be monitored 24 hours a day.

NZTA has thanked motorists for their patience and is reminding everyone the gorge will may still close again if there is a severe weather warning or significant rainfall forecast

It says the next stage will be to install netting and automated monitoring systems.

Sam Gardner