Chaos Starts Monday


Auckland’s inner city traffic stress starts on Monday and it will be fascinating to see how motorists cope.

The Wellington Street motorway on-ramp closes then for three months until the end of November for necessary work on the Victoria Park Tunnel project.

The on-ramp provides access to State Highway 1 for traffic from the Auckland CBD and Ponsonby heading north across the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

NZTA’s State Highways manager for Auckland, Tommy Parker agrees that the closure will test other northbound on-ramps in the central city, particularly during the evening peak.

Changes have been made to ensure that the Fanshawe Street and Stanley Street [Grafton Gully] northbound links can accommodate additional traffic.

They include adjusting the ramp signals at the Stanley Street northbound link to get more vehicles through each green phase and reduce queuing time.

Once on the motorway, traffic is expected to flow freely because there will be no vehicles merging from Wellington Street.

The motorway between Wellington Street and Victoria Park is being widened from four to seven lanes. The tunnel will take three northbound traffic lanes, and the existing Victoria Park viaduct will be reconfigured to carry four southbound lanes.  SH1 through St Marys Bay is being widened by one lane in each direction to 10 lanes in total.





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