Waka Kotahi is urging drivers in Northland to plan ahead, check the latest conditions and avoid non-essential travel with closures and restrictions in place at several locations due to slips, debris and flooding.
While rain has continued to fall on the West Coast and upper South Island overnight, there have been no further closures to the region’s state highways. West Coast routes remain open, and the most significant network issues are centred on Nelson, Marlborough, and Takaka.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises road users the northbound and southbound lanes on State Highway 1 (SH1), around and south of the Hampton Downs interchange (excluding off and on-ramps), will be without expressway lighting from now until November 2022 while work continues on upgrading the state highway.
The MetService has issued a Red Warning for Westland and Buller – it means the West Coast and upper South Island could see rainfall similar to that in the weather events of February this year and July 2021.
Waka Kotahi contractors are continuing to make excellent progress on repair work at the dropout site on State Highway 5 between Te Haroto and Tarawera, with work having progressed quicker than expected and contractors ahead of the expected programme.