Contractors World International Vol 7 No 6
As New Zealand reels
from another severe
no time in instructing
contractors to make
highways open - a
as the land is unstable
and there are many
ongoing after shocks.
The severe tremors, which are still
ongoing, have resulted in millions of cubic metres of
rock crashing down,on to the main coastal highway
that runs down the west coast of the South Island.
This highway connects with ferries from Wellington,
docking at Picton en route to Christchurch. Over
1,000 landslips in total.
This scenic route hugs the coastline with a rail
track running alongside for most of the way. There
are many tunnels and stretches of highway supported
by piles it manoeuvres around the rocky outcrops.
As this photo montage of pictures supplied by the
New Zealand Transport Agency shows, the task facing
the contractors and engineers will be extremely
A risk to contractors is the ongoing after-shocks