Ashburton Gorge Road to close in significant snow events

The Ashburton Gorge Road will likely be closed during future significant snow events to prevent any potential issues caused by sightseers travelling to the area.

Run-holders on the Ashburton Gorge Road contacted the Ashburton District Council after the June snow event, concerned about the number of vehicles that got stranded, blocked accessways or did not drive to the conditions while in the area.

The Council's Service Delivery Committee yesterday reaffirmed its ability to close roads when needed, after consulting with the Police and the New Zealand Transport Agency.

If required, the road could be closed for up to 48 hours at the corner of Hoods Road and opened once adequate passing bays and parking areas are created. Residents, emergency services and other essential vehicles would still be able to access the road.

Roading Manager Brian Fauth said the Council could follow the same process for any road in the district. "It's more likely that Ashburton Gorge Road will need to be closed at weekends and on public holidays when sightseers are generally more prevalent."

If any roads need to be closed during a significant weather event, the Council will alert the community through its communication channels, including on the radio, its website and its Facebook page.

Page reviewed: 17 Sep 2015 3:57pm