There will be lengthy delays up to 20 minutes at Christchurch’s Russley Road/Memorial Avenue airport intersection in early August as part of the Western Corridor project reaches a key milestone. Drivers can avoid delays by taking the suggested detour routes (see map below).
The NZ Transport Agency says $231 million in funding announced today by Transport Minister Simon Bridges to improve the 60km section of State Highway 1 between Clarence and Oaro will increase safety, resilience, reliability, access and amenity and provide a higher level of service on the road for people living in the area and visitors to the region.
While many highways have reopened since yesterday’s peak of the storm, in Otago and South and Mid Canterbury ice has replaced flood water on many routes. Drivers need to take extreme care. Grit has been applied in many places which also requires slower speeds, says Nic Rodger, Maintenance Contract Manager, NZ Transport Agency.
People are advised that essential travel only is advised today on highways and roads of Otago and Canterbury, south of Christchurch. Highways are slowing reopening in Otago with SH1 just reopened north of Dunedin.
People are advised to avoid travel on highways and roads of Otago and Canterbury, south of Christchurch, today with highways closed all over Otago and parts of State Highway 1 closed south of Christchurch with the Selwyn River overtopping its banks this morning.
The NZ Transport Agency is urging drivers to consider delaying journeys south of Christchurch or north of Dunedin today, with significant flooding on SH1 and local roads in South Canterbury and along SH1 Coastal Otago from Timaru to Dunedin.
The NZ Transport Agency is reminding drivers to slow down and take extra care on South Island roads today with heavy overnight and morning rain causing surface flooding throughout Tasman, Marlborough, Kaikoura coast, and mid and south Canterbury.
Earlier in June and July, the NZ Transport Agency invited members of the public to have their say on short to medium term road improvements to High Street, Motueka, in Tasman District, to make it safer for everyone and improve traffic flows.
The NZ Transport Agency reminds drivers that heavy rain is forecast for the South Island’s east coast in the next two days. As well as the forecast heavy rain and gales in some places, potholes from the recent snow and rain mean drivers need to take extra care and build in time for long journeys.
People using the Lewis Pass/ SH7 highway this morning and up till early afternoon will be encouraged to stop at Murchison and Culverden as the highway is closed due to a truck trailer hazardous goods fire near Boyle River.
The NZ Transport Agency advises all South Island road travellers to check the Traffic and Travel website and the map showing area warnings and highway closures for highway updates before heading out today.
The NZ Transport Agency advises all South Island road travellers to check the Traffic and Travel website and the map showing area warnings and closures for highway updates before heading out tonight and tomorrow morning.