Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will reopen the Porter’s Pass/ Arthur’s Pass route between Canterbury and the West Coast
tonight at 8 pm. SH73 between Springfield and the Porter River Bridge has been closed since the weekend’s massive
downpours damaged bridges and dumped scree over the highway.
“A huge amount of work has taken place to get this highway reopened,” says Barry Stratton, Maintenance Contract Manager,
Waka Kotahi for North Canterbury.
“Crews from both the West Coast and Canterbury have worked above and beyond to rebuild the Porter River Bridge’s east
and west approaches in particular, in fairly chilly conditions since Sunday,” he says.
“Three bridge approaches – Kowai 1 and 2 and the Porter River Bridge have had to be reconstructed and repaired. We are
still working on a hairpin bend on Porter’s Pass where the road washed out. Crews have also cleared more than 100 metres
of deep scree and shingle.
“We advise all drivers to take care if driving over Porter’s Pass tonight and in coming days as ice is a real
possibility from now on.
“There will be traffic management people on this highway night and day for some time. Please slow down around them and
factor in a slower than usual trip from Springfield through to Porter’s Pass with several single lane sections with
traffic management,” he says.
“Thanks to all the regular drivers on SH73 who have been taking the Lewis Pass route since the weekend and people living
along the route in places like Castle Hill Village, which has had limited access.”