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Access re-opens to Cobb Valley

Ex-cyclone Gita caused severe damage on Cobb Dam Rd;

The Cobb Dam Road in Golden Bay has re-opened after 10 months of work.

Severely damaged by landslides during ex-cyclone Gita in February 2018, the road provides access to some of the best tramping in Kahurangi National Park.

The one way thoroughfare links Sylvester Hut car park and Cobb Reservoir to Takaka Hill Highway, and provides access to Mt Cobb, Cobb Powerstation, Lake Sylvester, the Peel and Lockett ranges.

Road co-owners Trustpower and Department of Conservation have been working with Tasman District Council to restore the damaged sections of road.

The scale of the land slides along the road is apparent

Progress in reopening the road was further delayed by a number of landslides over winter, and by the damaged Takaka Hill Highway – which still operates on a traffic light system in sections.

Tasman District Council said in a statement the road will likely need further work because of the “inherent residual instability” of some sections.

“While the road is being prepared to be fit for purpose for public access, care should be taken at all times especially in wet weather which will heighten the risk of slips and fallen trees on the road.”