Monday, 16 July 2018

WHITIANGA WEATHER

NZTA SH25 Thames Coast Recovery Update

NZTA SH25 Thames Coast Recovery Update

Distance of SH25 convoy shortened to approximately 5km between Te Puru and Whakatete Bay, while heavy vehicles are prohibited from the Thames Coast road.

Over the past few days the cordon on the Thames Coast road has been significantly reduced, as hard work by the Transport Agency and contractor, Higgins, has made a number of the damaged sections of highway safe.

However the road remains sensitive to further damage, and the Transport Agency has prohibited heavy vehicles on SH25 between Thames and Manaia. Heavy vehicles can travel between Thames and Coromandel on the eastern side of the peninsula, via Tairua.

There are now cordons at Te Puru and Whakatete Bay, with escorted convoys departing regularly. While this convoy has been shortened, long delays are still to be expected on the Thames coast road and motorists are asked to defer their journey or take an alternative route if possible.  

At this stage it is expected that the cordons and the convoy system will be removed tomorrow.

Once this happens motorists should still expect delays to the usual travel time due to Stop/Go traffic management and speed restrictions in place at various locations along the road.

How to stay up to date:

· A new webpage has been set up to provide travel information for the journey from Thames to Manaia www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/sh25

·  The key traffic and travel source which provides up-to-date information on weather and road conditions nationwide is www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

·  Important information is also shared via the Transport Agency’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts listed here www.nzta.govt.nz/contact-us/connect-with-us/

·  Thames Coromandel District Council facebook updates here www.facebook.com/ThamesCoromandelDistrictCouncil/

· Drivers can also call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can provide them with traffic and travel information either before they’re travelling or when they’re on the road.

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