Gisborne District Council has reminded residents "closed means closed" after closed road signs were removed from roads made dangerous by recent heavy rain.

In a Facebook post the council said: "We urge you not to drive on roads that are sign posted as closed - they've been for major safety reasons.

"Some people have been removing the closed signs, showing a blatant disregard not only for their safety, but for other road users.

"Heavy vehicles on these roads can also do more damage, which may increase the cost and repair time."

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Another view of Mata Rd currently. Photo / Gisborne District Council
Another view of Mata Rd currently. Photo / Gisborne District Council

MetService has a heavy rain warning in place for Gisborne and a further watch in place for north of Gisborne.

"Our contractors are out there working hard and prioritising work so they can get the roads open as soon as we can," the council said in its post.

"Please be patient."

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Gisborne District Council
about 6 months ago

Road closed reminder: Closed means Closed. We have closed several roads due to the rain event. We urge you not to drive on roads that are sign posted as closed - they've been for major safety reasons. Some people have been removing the closed signs and driving on them, showing a blatant disregard not only for their safety, but for other road users. By removing the ‘road closed’ signs you are endangering road users. Heavy vehicles on these roads can also do more damage, which... may increase the cost and repair time. MetService still have a heavy rain warning and a further watch in place for north of Gisborne. Our contractors are out there working hard and prioritising work so they can get the roads open as soon as we can. Please be patient. Before you travel, check our website for local road info http://bit.ly/NNlxXo and NZTA's website for state Highway info http://bit.ly/2dskCRR. To report any road issues ph:0800 653 800.
• Don’t remove road signs – you're endangering other motorists
• Drive to the conditions.
• Roads are closed for safety reasons. They're too dangerous to use. This shows why Mata Road is closed.

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