The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is reminding motorists to take care driving around the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions today following last night’s heavy rain with more heavy showers expected in both areas today.
NZTA State Highway Operations Manager, Karen Boyt, says the agency is keeping a close watch on the situation but at this stage, all state highways are open, including the Karangahake Gorge on State Highway 2 between Waihi and Paeroa.
"There is surface flooding in some areas of both regions and in others, small slips are undergoing cleanups by road crews," says Ms Boyt. "Motorists can still drive through these areas but we’d ask that they drive to the conditions to ensure their own safety and that of our road crews."
The following highways are open, but traffic controls are in place and motorists are asked to please take care in these areas:
State Highway 25 – Thames Coast side of the Coromandel. Again, the road is open but traffic controls are in place and motorists are asked to please take care in these areas:
Ms Boyt says the NZTA will continue to closely monitor all roads within the area as rain eases off today. "In the meantime, we’d like to ask people to please take care on the highways, drive to the conditions and allow for minor delays through single lane access areas above."
Ms Boyt says can also check with the NZTA's freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or 0800 44 44 49, or its website www.highwayinfo.govt.nz(external link) for up-to-the-minute info on road conditions.
For more information please contact:
Senior Communications Advisor
Engagement and Communications
Waikato/Bay of Plenty
NZ Transport Agency
DDI 64 07 958 7260
M 027 292 8076