Auckland road re-opens after sinkhole shocks locals
A damaged stretch of road in New Lynn, West Auckland has been re-opened one day after Cyclone Cook bypassed Auckland.
Barry Potter, director of Infrastructure and Environmental Services at Auckland Council, said the well-used Great North Rd route to New Lynn was re-opened shortly after 9am on Friday.
"Water levels have receded enough that two lanes, as well as footpaths, through the Great North Rd and Clark St intersection were re-opened to vehicles and pedestrians," he said.
The stretch of road had been closed since March after water flooded into the Clark St culvert causing part of the footpath to subside and severe scouring of the surrounding earth.
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At a meeting organised by the New Lynn Business Association on April 12, Potter said the reason the floods impacted the area with such intensity was because the culvert did not have the capacity to deal with high water levels and a second pipe had been installed under Great North Rd to assist.
Potter also indicated that the road could remain closed if Cyclone Cook caused further damage.
"The re-opening of Great North Road will reinstate easier access to the New Lynn town centre and businesses."