Schools’ festival will put pressure on Auckland motorway
11 March 2013
NZ Transport Agency – Auckland Regional Office
Schools’ festival will put
pressure on Auckland motorway
The NZ Transport
Agency says there will be more pressure than in previous
years on sections of Auckland’s Southern Motorway (State
highway 1) when the annual ASB Polyfest begins later this
week in Manukau.
The NZTA’s Traffic Operations
Manager, Kathryn Musgrave, says the growth of the festival
at the Manukau Sports Bowl, limited parking, and
significant works to lay a new watermain in nearby streets
will combine to put pressure on the Te Irirangi Drive
interchange – the nearest motorway exit to the event.
“There will be a lot of congestion around this section
of the Southern Motorway and it will be heaviest at Te
Irirangi Drive. Queuing is likely back on to the motorway,
which will be a risk to all drivers,” says Mrs Musgrave.
“It will be an area to avoid, especially at mid-morning on
all four days of the event. Delays are likely and we would
advise all drivers to plan the time of their journeys or use
an alternative route.
The ASB Polyfest
– which starts on Wednesday (13 March) - is the largest
Maori and Polynesian cultural festival of its kind in the
world. Performers from almost 60 schools will be involved
and spectator numbers are expected to total 90 thousand.
The NZTA will use its motorway message signs and social
media like Twitter to keep people informed of conditions
near the interchange.
“We will be doing everything we
can to prevent any delays, and we ask for drivers to be
patient. The Polyfest is a great celebration of our
country’s cultural diversity and we also want it to be a
safe for everyone,” says Mrs Musgrave.
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