Between 11am and 12pm and from 2pm to 3pm today, wind gusts of 80-90km/h are forecast for the Auckland Harbour Bridge, triggering an Amber alert and possible lane closures.
Motorists are urged to drive to the conditions, look out for the electronic message boards which will indicate lane closures and reduced speeds, and stay within their lane while travelling across the bridge.
Drivers of high sided vehicles and motorcyclists are advised to avoid the Auckland Harbour Bridge and use the western ring route on State Highways 16 and 18.
Waka Kotahi is working closely with Metservice to monitor wind speeds with maintenance crews out on the network ready to react and close lanes on the bridge if wind gusts exceed threshold levels. The safety of road users is our top priority and we won’t hesitate to reduce speeds, close lanes or close the bridge if necessary.
Motorists are advised to plan ahead by checking the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner or the Waka Kotahi Twitter account before heading out.
Waka Kotahi thanks road users for their patience when we are forced to close or partially close the bridge to keep everyone safe during a wind event.
Information on weather warnings is available from Metservice.