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A stretch of West Coast highway has reopened after more than a month, providing relief for businesses that have lost thousands of dollars during the closure.
The historically-active slip closed State Highway 7 and the railway near Greymouth early in October after weeks of wet weather. It cut direct access between Kaiata and Greymouth.
The section of SH7, the main road linking Reefton and Greymouth, reopened to one lane about 6pm on Monday, though motorists should still expect short delays.
State Highway 7 reopened to one lane on Monday.
The Grey District Council is seeking Government help for closure-affected businesses.
NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) contractors had worked to stabilise the land, but "significant further work" was still to be done, NZTA contract manager Moira Whinham said.
This article first appeared on www.stuff.co.nz
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