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

 


Storm continues to cause danger for drivers

Storm continues to cause danger for drivers


Strong winds and rain continue to make driving conditions hazardous in Auckland and Northland, and the NZ Transport Agency is advising people to take extreme care on state highways and roads.

For the second day, the speed limit on the Auckland Harbour Bridge has been lowered from 80 to 70km/h and the Transport Agency says motorcyclists and people using campervans and other high-sided vehicles should consider using State Highways 16 and 18 as a safer alternative between the North Shore and the south side of the Waitemata Harbour.

“The bridge does remain open and we did restore the 80km/h limit overnight, but there have been some wind gusts over 80km/h and the lower speed has been introduced again to help keep people safe,” says the Transport Agency’s Regional Journey Manager, Jacqui Hori-Hoult.

Three vehicles driving into the south-bound Johnstones Hill tunnel on the Northern Gateway Toll Road were damaged by an emergency barrier arm that had broken loose during the storm. There are no reports of injuries.

The Transport Agency has reported a busy night for its staff and contractors with 80 storm- related incidents in its Northland and Auckland regions. Most of the incidents occurred in Northland and involved storm debris, fallen trees and flooding.

The storm is affecting the following sections of state highways in Northland:-

State Highway 1 at Hukerenui north of Whangarei, flooding but road now passable with care

State Highway 1 at Rangiahua, flooding

State Highway 1 at Turntable Hill near Moerewa, flooding

State Highway 1 between Whangarei and Ruakaka And Whangarei, severe weather has caused washouts and potholes. Drivers are advised to reduce speeds

State Highway 11 between Kawakawa and Paihia, flooding at Lemons Hill

State Highway 12 at Aranga near Dargaville has been closed by a fallen tree.

State Highway 12 at Taheke near Kaikohe, flooding

“Drivers should be aware that there will be a large number of contractors’ vehicles at many locations around the region as we work hard with emergency services and local authorities to fully restore the network,” says Ms Hori-Hoult.

“Many of the incidents we are dealing with are in isolated areas and there are no alternative routes available, so delays could be lengthy.”

There are options to help people plan safer travel:-

Check the Transport Agency’s website, www.nzta.govt.nz for travel information; freephones 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) and 0800 111 655 have national and regional travel updates

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street...

Parties specified under Section 149Q(3) of the RMA now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news