Weekend of Traffic Congestion Ahead
NZTA predicts there’ll be severe traffic congestion this weekend as it gets ready to open 2 of the Victoria Park Tunnel’s 3 lanes on Monday.
It says find an alternative route and avoid the motorway congestion through central Auckland.
The NZTA plans to open two of the tunnel’s three lanes on Monday, 14 November.
NZTA’s State Highways Manager for Auckland and Northland, Tommy Parker says: “We regret the disruption and will do everything we can to minimise its impact, but it is absolutely necessary to complete the tunnel work so that we can start delivering the benefits of the Vic Park project to drivers.”
The closures will be focussed around the central motorway junction (Spaghetti Junction) areas in central Auckland involving both the SH1 and SH16 motorways:
- The Northwestern to SH1 north link will be closed throughout the weekend
- The port (SH16) to SH1 north link will be closed throughout the weekend.
- SH1 northbound will be closed at night between the Nelson Street off ramp and the Fanshawe Street on ramp
- One northbound lane on SH1 between the Nelson Street off ramp and Fanshawe Street on ramp will be closed during the day.
Work is due to start at 10pm on Friday ands all closures will be lifted and the two tunnel lanes opened by 5am onday.
Drivers are being urged to use the new Northwestern and Hobsonville (SH18) motorway link between Westgate and Albany as an alternative northbound route.
The NZTA’s motorway variably message signs and its traffic websites will help keep people informed of driving conditions.
“The closures will affect arterial roads around the motorways, and they are likely to be heavily congested as well,” Mr Parker says. “We are advising people to plan the timing of their travel, allow plenty of extra time because it is going to take longer, and drive with care and patience for a safe journey.”
Contractors have to rebuild a section of the motorway just past the Nelson Street off ramp to provide a safe connection with the tunnel lanes.
They will need fine weather to complete their work. Mr Parker says if the work is delayed by bad weather, the tunnel opening will be postponed.
And trains are disrupted.
There’s a full train network closure this weekend on all lines.
Rail bus replacement services will operate.