Wellington highways open - but take care


The NZ Transport Agency says all highways in the Wellington region are open, but the agency is urging motorists to take extreme care after the Capital's batterng from wild weather last night, and to prepare for likely delays.

NZTA Central Operations Manager Mark Owen says all highways have been open since around 5am. State Highway 1 between Ngauranga and Aotea Quay was closed from around 1pm to 5am due to extreme conditions.

"Conditions are fortunately settling down, but people must remember that it's still wet and windy by normal standards and great care is required on the roads."

"We have cleanup crews working across the network and conditions are still challenging so we ask people to allow extra time for their journeys. People aso need to be vigilant for any remaining debris on the roads such as slips or fallen trees."

Disruptions to rail are also likely to result in increased holdups on the roads.

He says the NZTA continues to monitor the transport network closely, in conjunction with Police and Wellington City Council, from the Wellington Traffic Operations Centre.

"This enables us to keep a close eye on our road network, and respond immediately to emergencies and disruptions"

Mr Owen says that before hitting the road, motorists can check the NZTA's website (www.nzta.govt.nz(external link)) for real time traffic information, or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS. Motorists can also check out the live online traffic cameras to see first-hand how traffic conditions are looking before they set out on their journeys.

Mr Owen says the NZTA would like to thank Police and contractors for their brave and tireless work throughout the night to keep motorists safe.