The NZ Transport Agency advises people driving between Picton and Christchurch tomorrow, Friday, 12 January, to be aware that more rain is forecast overnight tonight (Thursday) which may affect people planning to travel on State Highway 1 through Kaikōura.
The NZ Transport Agency advises that State Highway 16 between Lincoln Road and Westgate will be closed to traffic overnight over the next three weekends. The closures will allow demolition of old bridge structures that cross the motorway at Royal Road and Huruhuru Road.
Queenstown drivers may experience some queuing at the new Kawarau Falls bridge from this week as the heritage bridge, which has taken northbound traffic over the busy holiday period, closes permanently to motorised traffic. From this week, all road users will travel on the new Kawarau Falls bridge, part of State Highway 6, through Frankton.
The Thames Coast Road, State Highway 25, remains closed between Tararu, north of Thames, and Manaia and has now become a very long work site. Escorted convoys for residents only will continue today, at times as required, Sunday 7 January, between Tararu and Te Puru. The cordons will be manned 24/7.
As a result of storm damage, heavy rain and king tides over the past two days the Thames Coast Road, State Highway 25 has suffered significant damage, says NZ Transport Agency System Manager Karen Boyt.
The NZ Transport Agency kept State Highway 1 on either side of Kaikōura closed this morning after minor rockfalls and surface flooding in several places. The highway to the south between Peketa and Goose Bay and the northern link between Clarence and Mangamaunu remains closed.
Due to slips and rockfall from the current flooding, the NZ Transport Agency closed State Highway 25, Thames to Manaia just after 10 am today. This is the west side of the Coromandel Peninsula and all available roads to the Coromandel will be busy in the current conditions.
The NZ Transport Agency has closed Auckland’s Northern Motorway, State Highway 1, due to flooding, southbound between Northcote Off-ramp and Onewa On-ramp. A detour is in place via local roads. Motorists are advised to expect significant delays while the high tide passes.