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Care needed driving through toll road tunnels

14 February 2014 | NZ Transport Agency - Auckland

Care needed driving through toll road tunnels

The NZ Transport Agency advises people using the Northern Gateway Toll Road on State Highway 1 north of Auckland to drive with care when diversions are in place next week because of regular maintenance work in the twin tunnels at Johnstone’s Hill.

One of the twin tunnels will be temporarily closed and the other re-configured to carry two-way traffic during the maintenance work next Tuesday and Wednesday, 18 and 19 February.

“It’s a priority for us to make sure this important highway remains open and safe during the maintenance work,” said the NZ Transport Agency’s Highways Manager for Auckland, Tommy Parker. “Keeping one of the tunnels open will mean that people can continue to use the toll road and any disruption to their journeys is kept to a minimum.”

“The toll road is a motorway environment, and it is important that people drive with care. Speed restrictions will be in place, and people should be aware of lane changes and sharing either the northbound or southbound tunnel with oncoming traffic.”

The maintenance work includes checking the tunnels’ electrical, mechanical and safety systems. The walls of both tunnels will also be cleaned.

People not wanting to drive on the toll road have the choice of using the free alternative Hibiscus Highway route between Silverdale, Orewa and Puhoi.

For more information about these works, or any other work on the motorway network please call, Auckland Motorways on 09 5200 200


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