The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that State Highway 1, the main route from Wellington to the Kapiti Coast is now open to one lane northbound. As there is still surface flooding, motorists should exercise caution and drive to the conditions, watching speeds and following distances.
The NZ Transport Agency is advising that while some roads out of Wellington have reopened, there are currently significant backlogs as some roads are reduced to one lane. Motorists should delay their journeys if possible, and exercise patience and common sense if already on the road.
NZ Transport Agency contractors have been working urgently throughout the day to assess the safety of key South Island state highway routes, clear slips and safely re-open roads as soon as conditions allow.
NZ Transport Agency contractors will resume work at first light tomorrow to assess the safety of key South Island state highway routes and continue clearing slips to safely re-open roads as conditions allow.
Following a series of earthquakes and aftershocks throughout Monday 14 November, the NZ Transport Agency is continuing to assess state highways across the top of the South Island and where possible, safely reopen parts of the highway closed by slips.
The annual Bike the Bridge event takes place this weekend and will involve lane closures to the Northern Motorway and Auckland Harbour Bridge between 12.00am (midnight) and 10.00am, Sunday 13 November.
The NZ Transport Agency’s West Coast maintenance crews have just reopened State Highway 6 at Lake Moeraki, between Haast and Fox Glacier, the site of a slip caused by torrential rain earlier today. The road is also open at the nearby Douglas Culvert where crews have temporarily repaired the culvert so drivers can get through.