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Wellington's Molesworth St reopens

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/12/2016

Cars and pedestrians will regain access to parts of Molesworth Street in Wellington as the cordon established around a quake damaged high rise building is to be reduced on Thursday.

The cordon had been in place since the eight-storey office block at 61 Molesworth Street was found to have suffered serious structural damage in the November 14 Kaikoura earthquake.

With the building at risk of collapse, work began in late November to demolish it.

However, authorities are now set to reopen Molesworth Street's right-hand lane to vehicles from 7am along with the footpath on the opposite side to the demolition site.

A smaller cordon around 61 Molesworth St and some of the surrounding properties will remain in place as the demolition continues.

Shipping containers have been placed on the left hand side of Molesworth Street to provide additional segregation between the road and the demolition site and to allow for the easy movement of large trucks that are removing debris.

Further reductions of the cordons will take place as work progresses.

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