Motorists travelling on State Highway 1 in Northland over Labour Weekend are advised there are several construction sites along the way that may cause congestion and affect journey times.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Senior Manager Project Delivery Andrew Thackwray says construction crews won’t be working over the long weekend but there will be temporary speed limits and other traffic management strategies in place.
“We want everyone to arrive safely at their destinations. While we will try to keep inconvenience and delays from road works to a minimum, we urge people to be patient, plan their journeys and allow extra time.“
“It’s especially important that drivers reduce their speed through construction areas where the lanes may be narrower because of steel barriers and road cones.”
SH1 construction sites heading north from Auckland:
The Transport Agency’s road resealing programme is under way in Northland with 105 lane kilometres of state highway to be completed before Christmas. However, all resealed roads to date will be line marked and without speed restrictions over Labour Weekend.
To help plan your weekend travel, use the Transport Agency’s journey planner which shows predicted traffic flow across popular journeys based on travel patterns from previous years. It can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz/holidayjourneys
Because predicted peak times can change based on incidents, weather and even driver behaviour we suggest that you check https://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic-and-travel-information/(external link) before you leave for accurate information about current road and traffic conditions.
The holiday journeys site shows the busiest time heading north from Auckland is on Friday between 1:30pm and 7pm between Puhoi and Warkworth. On Saturday, it’s heaviest between 11am and 1pm. Coming home on Monday, expect the most traffic between 11am and 7pm.
Heading south out of Auckland, the heaviest traffic at Takanini is between 2pm and 7pm on Friday. Coming back, the motorway into Auckland is busiest on Monday between 11:30 and 5:30pm.
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