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Before and after slip 38 image for FB

Camaraderie and common sense saw an estimated 1000 cubic meters of slip material with at least half covering the main Lake Waikaremoana road safely removed by Quality Roading and Services in July 2018.

The colossal slip came down some time on Tuesday 24 July blocking Special Purpose Road 38 14.2km beyond the Aniwaniwa Bridge in Te Urewera.

Our team relished the opportunity to help, says QRS road maintenance manager Anthony O’Sullivan.

“There was a real camaraderie throughout the nearly week-long process not only within our own QRS staff, but also amongst the organisations involved at the different stages of getting the road open.”

Oddly, the slip fell during a dry spell, says Mr O’Sullivan. “This slip management required a response from Wairoa and Whakatane District Councils, the New Zealand Land Transport Agency, iwi and QRS. It was all hands on deck and it went very smoothly.”

By Sunday night the slip had been cleared and on Monday 30 July, six days after the slip was discovered, the road was resurfaced with aggregate and opened to traffic.

19 December 2018

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