The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) advises motorists that a detour is in place North East of Opotiki along State Highway 35 after a truck carrying a log laden trailer unit rolled blocking the highway around 9am this morning.
Bay of Plenty state highways manager, Brett Gliddon says “Fortunately there were no reported injuries and access at this section of the highway is still available via a short 10 minute detour down Beach Road, Tablelands Road and Gow Road.”
Mr Gliddon says a recovery operation to remove the rolled truck and trailer unit is underway which will see State Highway 35 at Tirohanga closed until sometime this afternoon.
“Logs that fell from the trailer unit onto the road have now been removed to the side of the highway and will be taken away by the clean-up crew along with the truck and trailer unit.”
Motorists wanting to keep up to date with the status of this road can visit the Transport Agency’s website: www.nzta.govt.nz. This information is also available by phoning the NZTA’s free phone on 0800 4HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49), which can also be used to report any significant road issues or hazards which people may come across during their travels.
The NZTA also uses other technology to provide information to enable drivers to make better informed choices about their travel. On The Move is a free service which enables people to sign up for information about crashes, road works and driving conditions on their frequently used routes - to sign up, go to www.onthemove.govt.nz.
“We appreciate this detour will add 10 minutes to journey times and we want to thank motorists for their patience and understanding,” says Mr Gliddon.