A truck fire on Auckland's Southwestern Motorway near the Hillsborough off-ramp this afternoon closed all northbound lanes and continues to cause delays for Friday evening commuters.
The section of the motorway is down to two lanes after the fire damaged parts of the road. NZTA said the northbound lanes between Hillsborough Rd off-ramp and Hillsborough on-ramp would be closed overnight from 10pm so emergency crews could repair the road.
Drivers were asked to avoid the area if possible and to be prepared for delays.
The truck appears to have caught fire just after the exit to the Hillsborough off-ramp on the Southwestern Motorway.
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Earlier, NZTA tweeted: "FENZ have extinguished the fire and heavy haulage are now on-site. We hope to have the truck cleared as quickly as possible so we can open all lanes on the Motorway again soon."
NZTA said drivers should consider exiting at Hillsborough and re-entering the motorway at Dominion Rd.
While emergency services worked to clear the area, traffic backed up in both directions.
For people heading north on the motorway, congestion was backed up from Rainbows End in Manukau - a queue of more than 12km.
Drivers heading south were also experiencing a slow slog as they neared Mt Roskill on SH20.
More to come