Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises that it’s making several changes to traffic management on Auckland’s motorway network while the region is in COVID-19 Alert Level 3.
The changes follow the Government’s extension of Alert Level 3 for another 12 days and anticipate there being reduced traffic on Auckland’s motorways. The rest of the country will also remain at Alert Level 2.
On Wednesday, the first day of Alert Level 3 in Auckland, motorway traffic was down more than 26% on a week ago. Yesterday, motorway traffic was 46% less than last Thursday, says Auckland Operations Manager, Rua Pani.
During Alert Level 3 in May, traffic volumes on Auckland motorways were about 50% less than normal.
Rua Pani says Auckland motorway traffic volumes and the changes above will be monitored in real time and can be adjusted quickly if there is increased traffic demand.
Under Alert level 3, travel is restricted to minimise the risk of transmission and the spread of COVID-19. You can travel within your local area, for example going to work or school, shopping, or getting exercise. Public transport can continue to operate with strict health and safety requirements.
If you must go out, Waka Kotahi advises motorists to drive carefully, be alert, be kind to other road users and keep to the speed limit.
“We know from lockdown earlier this year that more people were out exercising and getting some fresh air and we urge drivers to stay alert and take care around cyclists and pedestrians,” says Rua Pani.
“People should maintain physical distancing when they’re out walking and cycling. However, pedestrians and cyclists are also much more vulnerable to injury than drivers in a crash. If you’re driving a vehicle it’s crucial to stay alert, slow down and give plenty of room when passing people on bikes or on foot.”
“Also when driving through road work sites, be patient and respectful and look out for the workers’ safety and wellbeing.”
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