Ten days after a cladding panel fell from an apartment in Auckland's CBD, the road below has finally reopened.
The 40kg cement panel plunged 13 storeys to smash into the street below on June 4, after being ripped off the Victopia apartment building in stormy weather. The building, on the corner of Nelson St and Victoria St West, is undergoing $40m of remedial work.
Engineers then found dozens more loose panels on the building, which was netted off as a precaution.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has demanded answers about the building's safety following the incident, with body corporate documents showing the tower had been shedding corner cladding as far back as 2012.
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Auckland Transport tweeted this morning it had reopened Nelson St between Victoria St West and Fanshawe St, but there would still be lanes closed over the coming days.
Traffic lights in the city were live-managed to help reduce the impact of the closure but it still caused issues, especially for shops in the area. Customers of a rental car company had been forced to drive the wrong way up the street to drop off their cars, and Nelson Cafe saw a drop in customers, who had nowhere to park.