The NZ Transport Agency says State Highway 2 (SH2) through the Karangahake Gorge will be CLOSED for approximately four hours today following a crash.
A truck carrying concrete slabs overturned on SH2 near the intersection of School Road at approximately 5.30am, and the northbound lanes are currently blocked, with stop/go traffic management in place.
At 10am today the road will be closed so a crane can right the truck.
A detour via State Highway 26 (SH26), State Highway25A (SH25A), State Highways 25 (SH25) back onto State Highway 2 (SH2) is in place, however it will add approximately an hour to normal travel time through the Karangahake Gorge.
Motorists are advised to avoid or delay travel if possible until the road reopens.
For personalised information about driving conditions on frequently used routes, motorists can also check out and sign up to On The Move at www.onthemove.govt.nz(external link)
For extra real time information on highway conditions and incidents on the network visit www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/(external link) , call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or follow @nztawaibop on twitter.
Update at 12:23pm
One lane of SH2 is now open and stop/go traffic management is in place. Both lanes are expected to be open by 3pm today.