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Future of SH1 still to be decided

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/11/2016

Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the government wants SH1 reopened but it needs more information before committing to that. © Wong Maye-E/AP Images Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the government wants SH1 reopened but it needs more information before committing to that. The government wants SH1 to be reopened along the earthquake-damaged South Island coast but doesn't yet have enough information to commit to that, acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

Huge slips have covered the main road to Christchurch.

Engineers are assessing the situation and the possibility of a new route is being examined.

"The desire is to get the road opened," Mr Brownlee told reporters.

"It's a matter of what you can do and how you can do it - before you can make a decision you have to know whether there are alternatives."

He said it was his feeling that the coast road would reopen - but it would need a lot of work.

"The intention is there to reopen it," he said.

"We hope to have a handle on that by the end of next week."

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