The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that State Highway 58 is closed between James Cook Drive and Joseph Banks Drive, Whitby due to flooding. Grays Road, a local road is also closed.
The combination of high tides and storm conditions have made road conditions unsafe. It is not known how long the road will be closed for, but the road is expected to re-open once the tide recedes.
A detour route through Whitby is available. Westbound traffic can use Joseph Banks Drive, to James Cook Drive. Eastbound traffic can take the reverse route. Map and details of the detour are available here at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/roadclosures/160333(external link)
As conditions can change rapidly, the Transport Agency is advising motorists to check routes before they travel, and drive to the conditions.
People can get state highway traffic updates via:
For updates on Grays Road, visit www.facebook.com/PCC.PoriruaCityCouncil(external link)