Auckland transport authorities are warning motorists of the possibility of very heavy traffic from now as holiday traffic coincides with disruption caused by closures of lanes on the damaged Auckland Harbour Bridge.
In a statement, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency general manager Brett Gliddon says he expects traffic will begin to build from midday.
“Friday usually has the busiest afternoon peak period of the week as people finish work early or head off for the weekend. The evening peak usually starts around 2.30pm but we expect today it will be earlier and heavier.”
“While we have reinstated two lanes, the Auckland Harbour Bridge is still not fully operational with only three lanes in each direction. Congestion and delays are likely on arterials and local roads as well as the motorways. We advise people going on holiday to consider delaying their journey until after the evening peak or even waiting until tomorrow morning.”