Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that an amber alert has been issued for the Auckland Harbour Bridge between 10pm tonight (Thursday 20 July) until 6am tomorrow morning (Friday 21 July), with wind gusts expected to reach 75 to 80 km/h.
A second amber alert has been forecasted from 3pm to 6pm on Friday 21 July, with gusts of 75 to 80 km/h also likely.
Under an amber alert, speeds may be reduced and some lanes on the bridge may close.
The bridge will remain in a 4x4 configuration overnight.
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.
Watch the video below to understand why lanes on the bridge may need to close if certain wind speed thresholds are reached.
The safety of road users is our top priority and we won’t hesitate to reduce speeds or close lanes if necessary.
Waka Kotahi thanks road users for their patience and understanding.