Major works on Northwestern Motorway

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency

Major works on Northwestern Motorway Thurs 2 April to Tues 7 April 2015 (Easter weekend)

1. StLukesRoadoverbridgeclosedtovehicles and

2. LanerestrictionsatTeAtatuRoadinterchange

The Northwestern Upgrade on State Highway 16 and the Waterview Connection on State Highway 20 are completing the Western Ring Route. The route will be an alternative to State Highway 1 linking Manukau, Auckland, Waitakere and the North Shore, improving network resilience, travel time reliability and bus shoulder lanes, and upgrading cycleway and pedestrian facilities. There are four separate projects which make up the Northwestern Upgrade and are due to be completed before early 2017 when the Waterview tunnels open.

Lower than normal traffic volumes associated with the Easter holidays mean that we can do major pieces of work while causing the least disruption possible.

1. St Lukes Rd overbridge closed from 8pm Thurs 2 Apr to 5am Tues 7 Apr

The St Lukes Road overbridge will be closed to vehicles to safely build up the existing road levels and construct the approaches to the new, higher bridge. Pedestrian access across the bridge, the cycleway, motorway, local roads and public transport links in the area will remain open throughout the weekend.

Attractions such as MOTAT and Auckland Zoo will be unaffected and are open as usual with their planned events during the Easter weekend please see www.MOTAT.org.nz and www.aucklandzoo.co.nz for more information. Regular parking will be available.

2. Te Atatu interchange lane restrictions from 10pm Thurs 2 Apr to 5am Tues 7 Apr

In the Te Atatu area there will be a number of lane restrictions during the weekend. Both of the citybound onramps will be closed and the citybound motorway will be reduced to one lane during the day (5am to 10pm) and closed each night (10pm to 5am).

These closures are necessary to lower the Te Atatu citybound motorway onramp and raise a portion of the motorway, near the bridge.

Once open on Tuesday 7 April, the two left hand motorway lanes underneath Te Atatu Road overbridge will be moved slightly to the north with the third lane remaining in the same location. This will tie in with the recent citybound lane changes between Te Atatu and Rosebank Roads.

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Detour routes

There will be a number of detour routes in place which are attached and will be advertised on our project website www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/wrr

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