Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Motorists urged to take care on wet roads

Motorists urged to take care on wet roads

The NZ Transport Agency is urging drivers to take extra care on the roads with heavy rainfall expected to affect much of the North Island today.

A severe weather warning remains in place for parts of the Bay of Plenty with rainfall of up to 120mm expected in the Kaimai Range. Long periods of rain and possible thunderstorms are expected in the Western Bay of Plenty, eastern Waikato and the Coromandel Peninsula.

The wild weather is likely to make driving conditions difficult and motorists are urged to adjust to the conditions and keep up to date with road closures and other travel advice at www.highwayinfo.govt.nz

Motorcyclists and those driving high-sided vehicles should exercise extreme caution, and all drivers are advised to reduce their speeds and increase following distances during periods of heavy rain.

Drivers are advised to watch out for surface flooding, slips and rapidly rising rivers and streams, especially around high tide times.

Contractors are currently working to clear a slip on the lower Kaimai Range. This part of State Highway 29 remains closed to all traffic with detours in place onto SH28, to SH5 and back up SH36. Motorists travelling from Auckland should use SH2. One lane is expected to be open later today.

Motorists heading to Fieldays are warned to expect delays at Matangi Village where traffic from Auckland is merging with vehicles heading to the event from Hamilton.

Several sections of State Highway 25 including parts of the road just north of Kopu and at the Thames to SH25 junction are closed due to slips.

The SH25 Hikuai to Tairua intersection is also closed due to flooding. Contractors have opened SH25 between Kopu and Thames after last night’s flooding but will continue to monitor the situation this afternoon when heavy rainfall is expected.

Drivers are urged to avoid travelling on SH2 west of Te Puke where the wet weather has caused significant deterioration to recent pavement rehabilitation.

The exact cause of the deterioration is being investigated and is currently unknown however the recent wild weather has exacerbated the problem.

Traffic speeds have been lowered to 50kmph to maximise driver safety while the issue is investigated and a solution can be found.

A section of State Highway 30 near Kawerau will be closed until 6pm today to allow contractors to upgrade railway lines over the road.

Motorists will be detoured through Kawerau on State Highway 34. A detour via Onepu Springs Road will also be available.

The NZ Transport Agency apologises for any inconvenience.

For real time information on highway conditions and incidents visitwww.nzta.govt.nz call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or follow @nztawgtn on twitter.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news