Severe weather, take care while driving


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is urging people to take extra care on the roads and to check for the latest conditions before travelling after heavy rain this morning.

Bay of Plenty System Manager Rob Campbell says they are keeping a close eye on conditions and responding as the situation evolves.

“Our contractor crews are constantly monitoring road and weather conditions so they can quickly respond to surface flooding, slips and rockfalls. We’re asking everyone to be patient, use detours where indicated and comply with temporary speed restrictions where they are in place.

“When it’s raining heavily, it’s important that drivers watch their speeds, take care not to follow too closely, and take extra care when taking corners.

“Storm conditions such as wind gusts can also affect high-side vehicles, motorcyclists, and cyclists. People should also look out for surface flooding and debris on the road.”

Check the Waka Kotahi Journey planner website, and remain alert for unreported hazards.

Journey planner(external link)

“Be mindful of contractors who could be out clearing hazards off the road, and drive slowly through work sites,” says Mr Campbell.

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