Main roads in Northland remain closed to heavy vehicles
A large washout on State Highway 1 south of Kawakawa
following the storm and flooding last week has closed the
stretch of road.
Mangakahia Road from Kaikohe to Whangarei has been closed to
heavy vehicles on advice from engineers to Civil Defence.
The detour remains open to light vehicles.
Civil Defence Controller Alastair Wells said in a statement
that the Far North District Council was obliged to close the
25km section of road because the road was at risk of slips.
"The road has been steadily deteriorating while it has been
carrying virtually all heavy traffic movements in and out of
the Far North since State Highway 1 was closed by a slip near
Kawakawa," Mr Wells said.
"The engineering advice we have been given is that there is a
serious risk of further slips on our section of the road if
we do not close it to heavy trucks immediately.
"There is already one slip below the road which has reduced
the useable area to a single lane."
Ruapekapeka Road had been considered as an alternative, but
because it was also breaking up badly, there were no other
viable options available to accommodate heavy traffic.
SH12 is the only other route for trucks to take to the Far
"This is really going to inconvenience the heavy transport
industry servicing the Far North, and we apologise that this
has been deemed necessary because of safety concerns," Mr
He said he understood SH1 would have one lane open by the end
of the week.