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One more day to finish resurfacing of SH1 through Mangamuka Gorge


The NZ Transport Agency thanks motorists in the Far North for their patience and understanding as wet weather continues to disrupt the resurfacing of State Highway 1 through the Mangamuka Gorge.

Contractors need one more day of fine weather to finish the job, says the NZ Transport Agency’s System Manager Steve Mutton.

The road will be closed this Sunday 11 March to make up for the day lost last weekend. The closure will follow the same timetable as previous weekends, starting at 8:30am on Sunday. It will reopen 4pm–5pm and close again until 8pm if necessary.

The resurfacing requires dry weather, so any rain will force a postponement to Monday or Tuesday.

“Right now, and we’re still a few days out, Sunday is looking like the best day for it,” says Mr Mutton.

The detour via State Highway 10 between Awanui and Pakaraka will add about 10 kilometres to a one way journey.

“Motorists who don’t use the detour and choose to find their own way are reminded to drive with extreme care as some local roads may have uneven surfaces, minor slips or been damaged by recent bad weather in Northland,” says Mr Mutton.

The Transport Agency apologises for any inconvenience while this important safety and maintenance work is completed.

Check the Transport Agency’s websit(external link)e:for the latest highway information or sign up to link) for up-to-date information on what is happening on the route you plan to travel; freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS for national and regional travel updates.