Road re-opens with a bang
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 6:16p.m.
By Jessica Rowe
The only road in and out of Milford Sound has re-opened after it was blocked by a massive slip last Friday.
Half a tonne of explosives was used to clear giant boulders from the scenic road between Te Anau and the popular tourist destination.
It has taken contractors five days to clear the road, allowing the few tourists who were stuck in there for nearly a week to hit the road again.
On the Te Anau side thousands of tourists have been patiently waiting to get to the famous tourist destination, but with heavy rain expected overnight the road has to be closed again this evening.
“We will carry on work to the road,” says New Zealand Transport Agency area manager Peter Robinson. “It will mean that we will have to close the road at the first part of each day, but it will allow us to actively manage the road and the people who need to get through.”
A drilling machine is carrying on with preparations for more explosions, which will continue for the next few weeks.
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