Delays expected as roads closed

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The bottom of Turntable Hill in Moerewa. PHOTO: Jill Wiggins
The bottom of Turntable Hill in Moerewa. PHOTO: Jill Wiggins

Strong winds and rain continue to make driving conditions hazardous in Northland and the NZ Transport Agency is advising people to take extreme care on state highways and roads.
Transport Agency's Regional Journey Manager, Jacqui Hori-Hoult said lengthy delays could be expected on roads as contractors work to clear the network.
"Drivers should be aware that there will be a large number of contractors' vehicles at many locations around the region as we work hard with emergency services and local authorities to fully restore the network," said Ms Hori-Hoult.
"Many of the incidents we are dealing with are in isolated areas and there are no alternative routes available, so delays could be lengthy."
The Transport Agency has reported a busy night for its staff and contractors with 80 storm- related incidents in its Northland and Auckland regions.
Most of the incidents occurred in Northland and involved storm debris, fallen trees and flooding.
The storm is affecting the following sections of state highways in Northland:-
• State Highway 1 at Hukerenui north of Whangarei, flooding but road now passable with care
• State Highway 1 at Rangiahua, flooding
• State Highway 1 at Turntable Hill near Moerewa, flooding
• State Highway 1 between Whangarei and Ruakaka And Whangarei, severe weather has caused washouts and potholes. Drivers are advised to reduce speeds
• State Highway 11 between Kawakawa and Paihia, flooding at Lemons Hill
• State Highway 12 at Aranga near Dargaville has been closed by a fallen tree.
• State Highway 12 at Taheke near Kaikohe, flooding
Check the Transport Agency's website, www.nzta.govt.nz for travel information; freephones 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) and 0800 111 655 for national and regional travel updates.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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