Hi all, I’m sorry to bring you this news after building everyone up to expect chipseal roadworks outside on State Highway 1 next week.
Unfortunately, there was some damage to the highway surface this week and repairs will have to be made before the chipsealing can go ahead.
The damage is a result of the hot weather combined with the lengthy queues either side of this week’s accident at Ohau.
There were cars and trucks stationary for a long time on the sealed surface which started to melt to the tyres. The traffic then moved slowly and the surface was roughed up in places. We will need to fix the patches where this happened before resurfacing with new chipseal.
I’ll be in touch with new dates in the near future.
Lynsey Morgan – Customer and Stakeholder Communications, Fulton Hogan Regional Office
Once again all traffic, northbound and southbound, came to a standstill near Ōhau on Tuesday 12 January 2021, a very hot and sunny day. The crash happened around 1pm and the road reopened around 5 pm.
Our sympathies to those involved.
It’s only 4 weeks since the road was closed for a few hours in almost the same spot on 12 December 2020 when a cabin fell off a trailer on the Ōhau bridge. These road clsures are one of the perils of living at Waikawa Beach, I guess.
State Highway One, near Levin, has re-opened several hours after a serious crash closed the road – creating a massive backlog of traffic.…
The New Zealand Transport Agency earlier said there was no detour due to the location of the crash – near the Ōhau Bridge.
Police say two people were seriously injured in the crash, which involved a motorcycle and truck.
A helicopter was at the scene, and due to the lack of a detour, motorists were advised to avoid the area.