SH1 Brynderwyns to Waipu to re-open in both directions tomorrow morning


SH1 Brynderwyn Hills to Waipu will re-open in both directions for all traffic including over-dimension vehicles from 8am tomorrow, Friday 10 February. The road will re-open under traffic management (barriers, safety hit posts and temporary speed restrictions) and motorists are urged to use caution and drive to the conditions.

The road will continue to be assessed as we monitor the oncoming Cyclone Gabrielle and Waka Kotahi will not hesitate to close the road if it becomes unsafe.

Jacqui Hori-Hoult, Regional Manager Maintenance and Operations Waka Kotahi would like to thank road users for their patience while crews have worked hard over the last week to clear slips and complete important safety checks in order to re-open the road.

“We know this is a crucial link for freight groups and the community however the safety of road users is our top priority. With more wet weather predicted we will be closely monitoring the road with crews ready to react if necessary.

“Traffic management will be in place so we urge motorists to be extra cautious through this area and adjust their driving to the conditions, which means slowing down, increasing following distances, switching headlights on and watching for surface water and debris on the road.

“We also acknowledge that this stretch of road is particularly susceptible to adverse weather conditions and as we move from the response phase to the recovery phase, we will consider ways to ensure this critical route can be more resilient” says Ms Hori-Hoult.

Heavy vehicle types will encounter reduced lane width through the Brynderwyn site. Over-dimension loads can be accommodated through normal permitting processes up to a maximum width of 7.5m.

Electric Vehicle (EV) users should consider the extra range required for alternative routes, or increased journey time through SH1 Brynderwyns.

EV charging locations on route(external link) 

The Waka Kotahi Journey Planner is updated by our traffic operations centres 24/7 to provide the latest available information on state highway closures and disruptions. Remember to refresh the page when checking the status of highways to ensure the latest updates are displayed.

Journey Planner(external link)