Just to update you on the situation at on Auckland’s SH18
(the Hobsonville motorway) after this afternoon’s storms
in north-west Auckland.
• The motorway was
closed in both directions just after 1.30pm
It was re-opened a few minutes after 4pm, except for the on
and off ramps at Squadron Drive.
Squadron Drive interchange was re-opened at about
• The cycleway that runs alongside the
motorway remains closed, and is likely to be closed tomorrow
(Friday) because of storm
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