The NZ Transport Agency says State Highway 11 past the Lemons Hill slip will be closed on Sunday to allow removal of trees from the hillside.
The road will be closed between 8am – 5pm and motorists will have to use the detour route via State Highways 1, 10 and 11. Drivers should allow up to 30 minutes extra for the journey between Kawakawa and Paihia.
The road opened 24 hours a day to one way traffic on Wednesday under the control of stop/go traffic managers. it will be open again 24/7 from Sunday at 5pm.
“We did warn there would be planned closures on Sundays. We apologise for the inconvenience but Sunday has the lightest traffic and there’s no disruption to school and business users,” says the Transport Agency’s Northland System Manager Jacqui Hori-Hoult.
The works are weather dependent and may be cancelled or postponed at short notice.
Ms Hori-Hoult says her teams will continue to work on site while the road is open.
“We ask drivers to be vigilant, drive to the road conditions and adhere to the temporary speed limit. The safety of our work crews and all other road users remains our priority.”
Locals can sign up at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/sh11-lemons-hill-slip(external link) to receive an email update on slip clearing progress and details of how and when the road will be closed. Or go to http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/sh11(external link)