Easter traffic: Long delays expected as holidaymakers escape the city – What We Know!

Easter traffic: Long delays expected as holidaymakers escape the city

Lengthy queues of site visitors is ready to face vacation makers who choose to journey at peak instances over the Easter weekend. Photograph / Brett Phibbs

Holidaymakers on the point of begin the pre-Easter exodus from the large cities are being warned to anticipate delays this afternoon.

And even earlier than the vacation site visitors rush started, site visitors heading north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge was delayed after a crash.

Motorways and different major arterial routes out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are anticipated to be congested later right this moment as individuals head away for lengthy weekend hot-spots.

And Auckland site visitors might be additional hindered by motorway community repairs.

The Easter weekend additionally coincides with the beginning of New Zealand being positioned within the orange Covid-19 site visitors mild setting the place numerous Authorities restrictions have been eased; together with the lifting of restrictions for indoor occasions and no must put on masks in bars and different hospitality venues.

NZTA has issued a sequence of warnings for motorists round the primary centres about projected site visitors flows.

The Southern Motorway heading south from Manukau to the Bombay Hills is predicted to be busy between 10am-5pm as the vacation exodus from Auckland begins.

However peak site visitors circulation out of the town through the Easter break is predicted 2pm-5pm on Good Friday, after which 10.30am-3.30pm on Saturday.

Northbound site visitors over the Auckland Harbour Bridge was delayed from round 9.30am after a crash blocked the center lane.

Whereas the crash was cleared by about 10am, it has led to a protracted tail stretching again to Spaghetti Junction.

Within the Wellington area, northbound site visitors right this moment was “anticipated to be heavy” on SH1 Kāpiti and SH2 Remutaka Hill.

Within the South Island, NZTA has warned of “excessive site visitors volumes” right this moment on SH1 Waipara, north Canterbury.

In the meantime, key Auckland motorway lanes can be closed from tonight whereas upkeep crews restore a broken bridge joint on the Southern Motorway.

Waka Kotahi NZTA has urged motorists heading north for Easter to keep away from Spaghetti Junction as all lanes on State Freeway 1 between Symonds St and the SH16 hyperlink can be closed.

Regional supervisor Tāmaki Makaurau me Te Tai Tokerau – upkeep & operations, Jacqui Hori-Hoult mentioned a broken joint was discovered on a junction bridge throughout routine upkeep.

It didn’t pose a direct security threat however wanted to be repaired as quickly as potential, Hori-Hoult mentioned.

“Security is our prime precedence, and our groups work arduous to take care of a protected and dependable transport community for our prospects.

“This can be a important closure, and even with the decreased site visitors volumes over Easter we want individuals to plan forward and select a distinct path to keep away from delays.”

Hori-Hoult mentioned signposted detours could be in place – through Wellesley St to State Freeway 16 westbound, SH1 northbound and the CBD.

The Victoria Park Tunnel will stay open all through the works.

From 7am-8pm on Friday one lane will open to permit entry north on SH1 and to the Nelson St off-ramp however the company suggested motorists to keep away from the world by selecting another route.

The closure might be prolonged to 7am on Sunday and could also be delayed by dangerous climate.

For extra on lengthy weekend site visitors: https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/holiday-journeys/easter-anzac-weekends-2022/