Drivers warned of king tide risk

06:47, Jun 06 2012

Auckland drivers are again being warned about the risk of king tides washing onto the city's motorway networks after lanes were closed last night.

A New Zealand Transport Agency spokesman said Tamaki Dr and one lane on both the Northwestern and Northern Motorways were closed for a short time last night when strong winds pushed high tides on to the roads.

There was a similar risk of flooding on some low-lying highways and roads in the city again tonight with higher than normal king tides expected to peak about 9pm.  

The areas most at risk are Tamaki Dr east of the CBD, the southbound lanes of the Northern Motorway (State Highway 1) between the Esmonde Rd interchange and the Onewa Rd on-ramp, and the Northwestern Motorway (SH16)  causeway between Point Chevalier and Rosebank Rd.

Winds in Auckland have eased but heavy rain is continuing to fall. Maintenance crews will be on standby and roadside message boards will be used to help keep drivers informed of conditions.

NZTA and Auckland Transport have said there will be closures if the safety of drivers is at risk.

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