• 1 December 2020Two lanes on Northern Motorway remain closed for overnight repair
    There are two lanes open in each direction but there’s heavy congestion. Long delays are expected for the rest of the evening peak period and motorists are advised to avoid the motorway, using alternative routes and local roads where possible, says Waka Kotahi Auckland System Manager Andrea Williamson.The lanes are closed because the road surface has lifted, causing a significant speed bump for vehicles. Road crews will make repairs overnight.“Repairs cannot start immediately because of the amount of traffic on the motorway. We have to prioritise the safety of our crews who would be working al …
  • 1 December 2020All lanes open on Northern Motorway after overnight repairs
    Road crews have carried out overnight repairs on the right hand lane in each direction between Greville Road and Upper Harbour Highway. The two lanes were closed yesterday afternoon after the road surface lifted, making a significant speed bump for vehicles.The uneven surface was caused by road construction crews working under the raised motorway section. They were pumping grouting material which became blocked and seeped out under the road surface, causing it to lift.The overnight repairs involved stripping the road surface, removing the grout material and then paving with asphalt.Yesterday’s …
  • 1 December 2020SH1 Mangamuka gorge will open to one lane traffic on 18 December
    The big slip under the road that’s kept SH1 through the Mangamuka Gorge closed since July. The road will open to one lane of traffic a week before Christmas. The road will remain open for just over three weeks over the holiday period, before work resumes to restore the road to two lanes.There will be traffic lights controlling vehicles past the main slip on the northern side of the gorge. The road will be open to light vehicles and camper vans. Trucks and buses will have to continue using the detour route SH10.Waka Kotahi Senior System Manager Wayne Oldfield says the repair team has worked har …
  • 1 December 2020Agency appointed to delivery Road to Zero public awareness campaign
    Road to Zero road safety strategyWaka Kotahi General Manager Engagement and Partnerships Karen Jones says the campaign delivered by FCB will focus on lifting public understanding of the Road to Zero approach and supporting its tactics, an action specifically outlined in the strategy.“This will include increasing public understanding of the safe system approach to reducing deaths and serious injuries on the road, building on and supporting existing advertising and behavioural change programmes.“On average, one person is killed every day on New Zealand roads and another seven are seriously injur …
  • 1 December 2020Uneven road surface closes two lanes on Northern Motorway
    There are still two lanes open in each direction, but there is already congestion in the area ahead of the evening peak traffic period, says Waka Kotahi Auckland System Manager Andrea Williamson.The lanes are closed because the road surface in the two righthand lanes has lifted, causing a significant speed bump for vehicles.The lanes will remain closed for the rest of the day. Road crews will work tonight to investigate and repair the damage.Drivers can expect delays on the journey home tonight and are advised to avoid the area if possible.Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience and un …
  • 1 December 2020It’s rubbish! The cost of illegal dumping on BoP state highways
    Waka Kotahi is responsible for rubbish collection on and alongside state highways.Bay of Plenty System Manager Rob Campbell says earlier this month contractors came across a large pile of rubbish, including furniture, clothing and a dead pig at a single site on State Highway 30.“The cost for clean-up and disposal for a single site like this can sometimes stretch into the thousands of dollars; considerably more than it would cost someone to take it directly to their local landfill.“Unfortunately, this isn’t uncommon. In the past three months we have had similar clean-up sites elsewhere on SH30, …
  • 30 November 2020Ground surveys underway for SH60, Motueka High Street safety upgrades
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency received $6.8 million as part of the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to deliver this project.Waka Kotahi Director of Regional Relationships Jim Harland says the investment will help upgrade Motueka High Street on State Highway 60 with intersection improvements and pedestrian crossing signals.“Starting this month, we will be surveying the road and digging test pits to understand the ground conditions, and service providers will be marking underground services with paint on the surface of the road,” he says.This work will occur between now and the …
  • 30 November 2020Ground surveys to inform SH16 Brigham Creek to Kumeū design
    This is Stage Two of planned safety improvements on SH16 between Brigham Creek and Waimauku and includes widening the road and bridges, adding a flush median, flexible safety barriers and making it safer to make right hand turns.Work on Stage Two is continuing even though the start of Stage One improvements (SH16 Huapai to Waimauku) is on hold while a notice of requirement appeal is resolved.The survey work will range from truck-mounted rigs drilling into the ground to excavators collecting soil and subsurface samples, with other equipment monitoring underground water. The survey teams will be …
  • 30 November 2020Waka Kotahi issues severe weather warning to motorists
    Heavy rain, combined with high tides, caused severe flooding in the Plimmerton area yesterday resulting in the closure of State Highway 1, as well as the detour route along Paekakariki Hill Road and Grays Road.Regional Transport Systems Manager Mark Owen says Waka Kotahi has been actively monitoring the situation since yesterday’s event.“MetService is forecasting that further heavy rain is on its way to the lower North Island this evening, which could impact our state highway network. There is again a risk of water accumulation around the Plimmerton roundabout and on State Highway 2 around Pet …
  • 30 November 2020Feedback sought on long-term transport plans for Auckland’s northwest
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport are seeking community feedback on a range of proposals for public transport, new and improved roads, and new cycling and walking networks. This network will ensure the northwest has the transport infrastructure it needs in the future by investigating and protecting the land for these projects now.Waka Kotahi Director Regional Relationships, Steve Mutton says the proposals are critical to a fast-growing area and the well-being of people.“Over the next 30 years, an extra 100,000 people are expected to live in the area, along with 40,000 new …