Work continues at pace to clear slips and debris from a number of State Highways in order to minimise travel disruptions.
Significant progress has been made on the network overnight and today following relentless rainfall in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel this weekend.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Regional Manager of Maintenance and Operations Peter Brown says at the moment the focus for contractors is clearing debris, slips and ensuring lanes are open and useable.
He says while a number of key state highways have been cleared today, there have been additional slips in other areas, forcing more closures.
SH1 Brynderwyn to Waipu:
SH1 South-Eastern Highway off-ramp:
SH16 Great North Road Off-ramp and Great North:
Both off-ramps are expected to re-open later tonight (weather depending).
SH25 Thames to Coromandel:
SH25 Coromandel to Whitianga
SH25A Kopu to Hikuai:
SH2 Karangahake Gorge
SH43 Stratford to Taumarunui
For more on road closures, please visit our latest Traffic Bulletin(external link)
“We’ve also been undertaking geotechnical assessments in a number of areas where there have been slips onto the road and underneath the road,” says Mr Brown.
“We know there’s going to be further need to assess the damage to the network and that will happen as quickly as possible. The immediate priority is making sure as many roads as possible have at least some access. Our main priority is the safety of motorists using the roads and contractors working on them.
“One of the concerns we have is the rain forecast for the middle of the week. Any rain, even if it’s not quite as heavy as this weekend’s rain, will be falling onto already-sodden roads and soil.
“I want to thank road users for their patience and understanding as we deal with these issues and to anticipate further possible closures in places,” says Mr Brown.
“We’re working on plans to repair and restore damaged parts of the network, but in many cases we need to wait for warmer, drier weather.
“For example, repairing SH25A in Coromandel, will be crucial for that area. Taking into consideration geotechnical advice, we’re working on a plan to remove all the really loose soil and strengthen the base of the road ….but this will depend on better weather.
“We know it can be frustrating when you face delays on the road, or the inconvenience of roadworks, but thank you for your patience and understand. Please allow more time for your trips at the moment and be courteous to other road users.
“The adverse weather isn’t in our control and the rain keeps moving swiftly. So if you do come across a slip or debris or flooding that you can’t see listed on our Journey Planner(external link) just yet, please call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS.
“As always, if you must travel at this time, exercise extreme caution. Drive to the conditions, which means keeping a safe following distance and dropping your speed. Be prepared for some road surfaces to be rough where rain has stripped top layers of the seal and watch for flooding and other debris on the road,” says Mr Brown.
Please check road and weather conditions before your journey:
Waka Kotahi Journeys(external link)
Metservice Weather Warnings(external link)
For more information on the Auckland storm event see: