Slip work costly


Close to $800,000 has been spent repairing a slip at Deadman’s Point above Cromwell Bridge.

The slip was first observed on July 14 (pictured) and traffic on State Highway 8 was reduced to one lane as helicopters were used to sluice the slope and an abseiling team to worked to dislodge fissured rocks.

NZ Transport Agency maintenance contract manager Mark Stewart said to date about $792,000 had been spent on the slip, funded by the agency’s emergency works national fund.

This work included all the initial work on the slip itself, the design and installation of a rock catch fence and repairs to the road surface below the slip.

‘‘There may be more work required on a block feature that has settled since the work has been completed, to be confirmed,’’ he said.

The slip would continue to be monitored as part of area-wide slope checks.

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