State Highway blocked, traffic delayed

Last updated 10:16 12/06/2014

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Traffic en route to the second day of Fieldays has come to a standstill after a road crash brought down a tree on State Highway 3, near Mystery Creek.

Roads leading to and from Hamilton from the south are currently blocked meaning significant delays for the thousands of people, District road policing manager, Inspector Freda Grace, said. 

"Currently there are delays for northbound traffic south of Hamilton where a tree has fallen across State Highway 3 by the intersection with Airport Rd.

"Police and ambulance staff are currently in attendance there while their colleagues are also dealing with a collision between a truck and a fire engine on Hamilton's southern edge on SH1 just before Cherry Lane."

Grace said in that incident a truck braked, trying to avoid a large slip and the fire engine following appears to have collided with it.

"There is a reasonable back up of traffic as a result which is likely to affect not only Fieldays traffic but also anyone attempting to get to the airport to catch a flight.

"Elsewhere traffic coming down from Auckland is merging with traffic coming into Hamilton and the Fieldays from the east causing significant delays at Matangi Village. Motorists are warned that it is unlikely they will be able to get to their destination any time soon."

Grace said further a-field, SH25A in the Coromandel is currently closed due to slips and flooding and will remain so for at least two hours with emergency services hoping to be able to open one lane from then. SH29 over the Kaimai Range to Tauranga is also closed.

"Currently the advice from Police is that southbound traffic coming from Auckland to Hamilton or further south to the King Country are advised to take SH3 and SH39 from Rangiriri.

"The message right now is three words, caution, caution, caution with a good dose of patience added in- this will see us all get to our destinations safely."

RIVERS RISING

Waikato civil defence spokesman Greg Ryan said there has been moderate flooding in smaller streams overnight yet it was not as severe as Tuesday night, with no significant problems reported. 

However, with the severe weather warning in place until Friday morning, there is the potential for these streams to come up again.

He said there was also a focus on the larger rivers, in particular the Waihou River.

It is now rising at Te Aroha and river monitoring stations upstream of Te Aroha are showing historically high levels that will start moving through the system over the next couple of days.

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ROAD CLOSURES

- SH25a Kopu to Hikuiai closed due to landslips

- SH25 SH25a Intersection Hikuiai to Tairua closed due to Flooding

- SH29 Kaimai Range both directions closed due to major slip on Lower Kaimai range

- Hikuai Settlement Rd - Waiting for assessment. The highway is closed in this area, so this road may be closed.

- Port Charles Rd - road open. Bridges open to light vehicles only. Repairs will be starting today at noon. Road will be closed for periods while machinery working.

- Victoria St, Thames - ford closed due to flooding

- Old Maratoto Rd - ford closed

- Port Jackson/Fletchers Bay Rd - road open up to 11km. Slip clearing continuing from there on, and also reports of bridge damage. Transfield are still unable to get to end of road to assess.

- Fairfax Media

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