State highway recovery dashboard – questions and answers

What is the dashboard?

The dashboard and associated GIS (geospatial) map, launched in BETA on 20 March 2023,presents a visualisation of the status of state highways across the areas that were impacted by weather events in early 2023; these being Northland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne.

The dashboard shows details of the upper North Island state highways reopened and those which are still in the process of being reopened to general traffic, as we move into the recovery phase. It also includes some information around timeframes for next steps.  

This is supported by an interactive map which includes access to some additional information, combined to provide local communities with another way to visualise how our cyclone recovery work is progressing.

As people move around or zoom in or out of the map the data in the dashboard changes dynamically, to align with the map view.  

We know people want timely, accurate information as the recovery work progresses, so the new tool provides another view of this, which will evole as Waka Kotahi moves through the recovery and rebuild phases.

It sits alongside the Waka Kotahi website (which includes the Journey Planner) and the 0800 4 HIGHWAYS freephone number (both updated 24/7), plus social media and other information targeted at local communities.

North Island state highway recovery dashboard(external link)

How is it different to the Journey Planner?

It is targeted on upper North Island weather-impacted state highways – so information is limited to those state highways only. 

The dashboard only includes state highways which have closures or restrictions* due to early 2023 weather events (though the associated GIS map includes other roadworks on those state highways).

By contrast the Journey Planner includes information about all types of disruptions across the entire state highway network and additional journey planning functionality. 

The dashboard includes information on past status of state highways which were closed due to weather events, whereas the Journey Planner only provides current status (no historical data) and does not use all of the same categories for describing access restrictions.

The dashboard is updated on Tuesdays or by exception as the status of sections of state highways change, while the GIS map is ‘live’ but most of the information is not real-time.

By comparison, data presented via the Journey Planner is updated 24/7. 

Journey Planner(external link)

*Prior to reopening state highways to the general public, we may go through various stages from a road being fully closed to being fully open:

  • road closed (no vehicle access, may be a Waka Kotahi worksite)
  • emergency access only (emergency services, Waka Kotahi, utility providers)
  • controlled access (local residents and other contractors, no general tra­ffic)
  • open with conditions (localised traffic management, speed and bridge restrictions)
  • open.

Why does it not show local roads?

Waka Kotahi is only responsible for the state highway network, and our systems, processes and databases only cover this scope. Only in exceptional circumstances, such as when we are using local roads as a state highway detour route, we endeavour to provide specific local road information.

How often is the dashboard updated?

The dashboard is updated each Tuesday, or by exception as the status of sections of state highways change.

What are lifeline roads?

Roads that have been indicated as lifeline on the dashboard are roads where we have restored access for emergency or critical services. These roads are not open to public yet.

How does the dashboard help people living or traveling in areas impacted by recent weather events?

We know people want timely, accurate information as the recovery work progresses, so this new tool provides another channel for detailed information. 

It presents a summary of the current status of closed and damaged upper North Island state highways, and information around timeframes for the next steps alongside the map, providing local communities a visual of how recovery efforts are progressing. 

Another alternative is our pdf maps. 

State highway regional pdf maps

For local road information, please check local and district council websites, or contact the local Civil Defence centre.