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Highways escape major damage

Published: 3:38PM Saturday September 04, 2010 Source: ONE News

The Transport Agency has begun assessing the impact of this morning's earthquake on the state highway network in Canterbury.

Canterbury operations manager Peter Connors said initial inspections show the region's roads appear to have held up well but the full extent of any damage is not known.

"Our immediate priority is ensuring the safety of road users. While most state highways in the region are open, we are asking people to take extra care and be very cautious if they do need to drive," Connors said.

He said the major focus over the next few days would be ensuring that obvious damage to state highways is repaired as quickly as possible and contractors are already out flattening humps in the road and working on damage to some bridge abutments.

All state highways in and around Christchurch are usable.

The Lyttelton Tunnel has been assessed for structural integrity and given the all clear while key bridges on State Highway 1 over the Ashburton and Rakaia Rivers to the south of Christchurch and across the Waimakariri River north of Christchurch are operational.

A large slip south of the Rakaia Gorge is being cleared and it is anticipated that this road will be open to a single lane of traffic by nightfall.

Information on earthquake damage to state highways in Canterbury will be regularly updated or is available by phoning 0800 44 44 49.

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  • gordy said on 2010-09-09 @ 13:59 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Im my 51 years on this earth I have never felt so first thoughts was we had been hit by a nuclear bomb and it was Armageddon. Never ever want to experience it again

  • schicken said on 2010-09-08 @ 19:15 NZDT: Report abusive post

    I thought the same thing initially. However, another quake big enough to close or shift the cracks further is likely to be heard first and all the kids will most likely be fine. If a child does get swallowed up, I'm probably not going to have huge empathy for the media coverage or their parents, but until then, let the region have a little bit of fun. Education about health risks regarding contaminated water may be a good idea for all. :)

  • thinkaboutit said on 2010-09-06 @ 23:06 NZDT: Report abusive post

    More great coverage tonight TVNZ especially highlighting the situation at individual community levels where people reported they felt abandoned. All credit to those organising themselves into community working groups at this level despite this. Arguably the recovery process would be greatly enhanced if these community groups were psychologically and practically supported by establishing official coordination centres at individual community levels.

  • Madeleine Ware said on 2010-09-06 @ 17:31 NZDT: Report abusive post

    You're making some good points here. Perhaps some of the donations could be towards purchasing and setting up storage of these sorts of things. Individuals are also responsible for making their own preparations. I clean and keep old 3L juice bottles filled with water. Every now and then I water my house plants with one and refill it to refresh it.

  • Madeleine Ware said on 2010-09-06 @ 17:25 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Why are they buying water? Aren't there several tankers about the city giving it away?