TCDC local roads update
Following yesterday's weather bomb Thames Coromandel council roads are now open with Blackjack Road, in the Kuaotunu Village open, but restricted to one lane in places as there are slips. Contractors are on site today working to restore it to two lanes.
SH25 just south of Cemetery Rd, Kuaotunu is still closed. Despite contractors working hard from both sides to clear the slip overnight, the road, which is managed by NZTA, will not be cleared today. Subject to further geotechnical assessment, contractors are hopeful of re-opening this section of the highway later this week and will reassess the slip at midday tomorrow.
“I would like to thank all of our contractors for their hard work and help with the clean-up effort to get the roads open as soon as possible,” says Garry Towler, TCDC Civil Defence Controller. “There may still be minor slips and debris, so please still take care on our roads over the next few days.”
If you see a Council road that is impassable due to flooding or a debris, call 07 868 0200. If the issue is with a State Highway (eg, the Thames Coast Road, Kopu-Hikuai Road) please call NZ Transport Agency on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can also provide traffic and travel information.
There is still a network outage in the Mercury Bay area due a damaged cable following the weather event. Chorus technicians are on-site working to repair the outage and the current estimated time of resolution is 8.00 pm this evening.
As a result of this network outage, the Mercury Bay district library closed at midday.
Photo credit: NZTA