A pond scum spill that caused major traffic delays on Auckland's North Shore has been cleared

The Fire Service said a cubic metre of pond sludge had spilt over Lake Rd, Belmont.

Traffic quickly backed up around the smelly spill, near the intersection of Bayswater Ave.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said there were major delays in both directions on Lake Rd about 3.30pm. Diversions were put in place.

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The spill had been cleared and all lanes were open an hour later.

However, NZTA warned to expect delays in both directions as the traffic backlog cleared.

4:20PM UPDATE The spillage on Lake Rd is now clear and all lanes are OPEN. Expect delays in both directions as traffic...

Posted by NZ Transport Agency - Auckland & Northland on Tuesday, 3 May 2016