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SH1 Waikato Expressway overnight southbound lane closure at Ōhinewai

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Update Friday 06 August: This work has been pushed out by one night due to a poor weather forecast for Sunday night. Work will now get underway overnight Monday 9 August. All other details in the below traffic bulletin remain the same.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises the southbound lane of State Highway 1 between Rangiriri and Ōhinewai will be closed overnight from this Sunday 8 August, between 7pm and 7am, for up to five nights, weather permitting.

While SH1 is closed, all southbound traffic will be detoured from Rangiriri interchange via local roads to the Glen Murray Bridge, southbound along Te Ōhākī Road and across the Tainui Bridge at Huntly.

Motorists are asked to take extra care when travelling along the detour route by following any temporary speed limits, signs and instructions from the traffic management team.

The Glen Murray bridge is single lane and weight restricted, heavy and oversized vehicles up to 44 Tonne can use the detour or an alternative route, such as State Highway 2 and State Highway 27. It is recommended vehicles over 44 tonnes avoid the detour and plan their journeys for outside the closure times. 

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed. Visit the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website for up to date information on the road closure, detours, traffic, road works and delays.

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This closure is to allow 8.5km of temporary steel barriers to be installed so safety upgrade work can get underway. After the barriers have been installed along SH1, the southbound speed limit at Ōhinewai will be 70km/h while the team make the safety improvements to the state highway. This work is expected to take up to two months.

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.

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