Friday target to re-open SH1 link in Northland
23 July 2014 | NZ Transport Agency -
Friday target to
re-open SH1 link in Northland
Transport Agency says good progress is being made on repairs
to State Highway 1 on the Brynderwyn Hills in
“Everything will depend on the weather and
our final safety checks, but we are on track to have our
repairs completed on Friday evening so that we can re-open
both lanes to all traffic,” says the Transport Agency’s
Regional Journey Manager Jacqui Hori-Hoult.
was closed when heavy rain at the weekend caused an
underslip affecting 20 metres of the main road link between
Northland and Auckland.
“There’s still a lot of work
to be done, but we are aware of the disruption the closure
is causing and working as hard we can to wrap everything up
before the weekend.”
Until the highway is re-opened,
people driving north are advised to use SH12 and
Paparoa-Oakleigh Road. Those heading south can travel
through Waipu and Mangawhai. The detours will add between
30 and 40 minutes to travel times.
The Transport Agency
reminds all drivers that the detours are rural roads and to
take care and observe speed limits. ENDS
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