Following a major washout between Whaler Road and Lamb Road in Pukenui, the road is now OPEN. Repair work will continue over the next few weeks so please drive with care in this area.
SH1 to the top of the North Island WILL REOPEN TODAY, just five days after heavy rain and a washout tore a 20 metre hole in the road north of Kaitaia.
The road will re-open to two lanes of traffic and pedestrians at 3pm. Local kaumātua performed a karakia to bless the road at midday.
The route across the washout area will be unsealed and work is continuing on the culvert either side of the road today. There will be stop/go traffic management and drivers can EXPECT SOME DELAYS.
There will be no work over the long weekend but work on the site will continue after Easter for about two weeks until the road is sealed
Read the full media release HERE.
Difficult ground conditions have slowed efforts to repair a significant washout on State Highway 1 in the Far North, but the NZ Transport Agency says it will have the road open before Easter.
A single lane will open to traffic by midday on Thursday and two lanes will be open by the evening. The route across the washout area will be gravel, not a sealed road and some DELAYS ARE LIKELY.
The route to the Far North has been closed since heavy rain washed out the road about 40 kilometres north of Kaitaia last Friday.
In the meantime, convoys through the forest for ESSENTIAL travel ONLY will continue until the road opens on Thursday.
For more information please check HERE.
The NZ Transport Agency advise motorists in the Far North that State Highway 1 north of Kaitaia remains closed, following a washout mid-afternoon on the 23rd March 2018.
The washout, south of Pukenui between Whalers Road and Lamb Road, has punched a hole in the road about 20 metres wide and 4-5 metres deep.
Work crews are making good progress on rebuilding the road to reopen it to traffic by the middle of the week. Nine of the ten pipes required to channel the stream under the road have been laid. Backfilling over the pipes to restore the road level is under way. Further progress remains subject to the weather.
While SH1 is closed there is no alternative route between Kaitaia and Cape Reinga. Motorists should avoid the area and delay their journeys.