Auckland motorway delays cleared

07:52, Jun 19 2014

Auckland's motorways are operating at full capacity again after a number of incidents, but traffic was still slow around the city.

Earlier a crash had closed the westbound South Western Motorway.

The motorway was now open, following a diversion put in place about 6pm when all westbound traffic had to exit the motorway at Hillsborough Road after a burning car blocked the right-hand lane.

Traffic had backed up towards the Mangere Bridge.

Earlier, traffic was heavy on Auckland's Northern Motorway but all northbound lanes had re-opened after repairs to a loose sign overhanging the motorway were completed.

Two right-hand lanes on the Harbour Bridge and the northbound Onewa Road onramp were closed while emergency services repaired the sign damaged by high winds to prevent it falling into motorway lanes, according to New Zealand Transport Agency.


Repairs were completed around 4.50pm.

"We regret any inconvenience and delay, but we need to ensure the motorway is safe for everyone and securing the sign as quickly as possible is a priority," said NZTA's acting Highways Manager, Steve Mutton.

The loose sign delayed the afternoon run of the machine that shifts the concrete barrier on the bridge to provide five northbound lanes for traffic this evening.

There had also been long delays on the North Western Motorway westbound around Great North Road.

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