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Auckland Harbour Bridge - Reduced lanes this weekend

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The NZ Transport Agency will install a new moveable lane barrier on the Auckland Harbour Bridge this weekend and advises motorists using the bridge that they may experience some delays.

The NZ Transport Agency will install a new moveable lane barrier on the Auckland Harbour Bridge this weekend and advises motorists using the bridge that they may experience some delays.

The new system, which includes two lane barrier moving vehicles and a concrete barrier, replaces  the current moveable lane barrier in use since 1990.

"The new machine will improve safety and traffic capacity on the bridge, particularly at peak times," said Wayne McDonald, the NZ Transport Agency's Regional Director for Auckland/Northland. 

The new machine will be able to shift the barrier in about 20 minutes – half the time it takes now – and the new concrete lane barrier is not as wide as the old one, providing some more room for vehicles. 

This weekend's changeover involves removing the existing 2.2km length of moveable barrier piece by piece and installing its replacement from Saturday night through to early Monday morning.

Temporary lane changes will be in place while the new barrier is installed.

"We will do all we can to minimise any inconvenience to motorists," Mr McDonald says. "However, we expect to have some delays and advise motorists to allow some extra time for their journeys. Lane changes will be clearly signposted so it’s a matter of being alert and driving with caution at night."

Important traffic information:

Motorists

  • North and southbound lanes will be reduced by 1 to 2 lanes throughout the weekend so expect delays

Vehicles weighing 13 tonnes and over

  • Use lane 3 heading north Saturday 28 February – Monday 2 March (8pm – 5am)
  • Use lane 2 heading south Saturday 28 February – Monday 2 March (8pm – 5am)

Vehicles wider than 2.7m

  • Use SH16 & SH18 heading north Saturday 28 February – Monday 2 March (8pm – 5am)

The NZTA thanks you in advance for your co-operation during this work and apologises for any inconvenience.

For more information please contact:

Ewart Barnsley
Communications & Stakeholder Manager – Auckland
NZ Transport Agency
T    64 27 213 7616
Ewart.barnsley@nzta.govt.nz

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