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Extreme caution urged on Peninsula's local roads

Wednesday 2 February 2011, 10:31AM
By Thames Coromandel District Council


Single-lane roads vulnerable to further slips.

Motorists are urged to use extreme caution on the Coromandel Peninsula's local roads.

In the aftermath of Cyclone Wilma, a number of local roads are only open to one lane. These one-lane roads are very narrow at the places where slips have been cleared and are still vulnerable to further slips.

Although many roads are on flat ground, some are unsealed roads that wind along terrain with steep slopes and blind corners.

Motorists may encounter oncoming traffic and be tempted to veer too close to the edge and cause the road to give way. A portion of the Tapu-Coroglen Road gave way under a car yesterday, causing a brief closure of that section, but was cleared by yesterday evening.

Signs give advance warning of such sites on local roads and drivers are urged to take better heed of the warnings and the well-publicised post Cyclone road conditions and drive appropriately.

Please note: Local roads do not include the State Highway network operated by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).