Night Time Vic Park Disruption


There will be full and partial night time closures of a section of Auckland’s Northern motorway (SH1) through St Marys Bay starting next week due to safety work relating to the NZ Transport Agency’s Victoria Park Tunnel project.

The motorway will be closed in both directions between the southern end of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the Central Motorway Junction next Wednesday night, (Jan 19) so that a third sign gantry can be installed over the motorway. Drivers travelling south over the bridge will leave the motorway at the Shelly Beach Road off ramp and rejoin it at Hobson Street.  Drivers travelling north will leave the motorway at Nelson Street and rejoin it at Curran Street.

Northbound only closures are needed for installing signs on the new gantry, and for removing existing and redundant gantries. The first of these closures will be next Tuesday,  Northbound-only closures are also scheduled for Thursday, 20 January, and from Sunday to Wednesday, 23-26 January, the following week.

The NZTA’s acting State Highways Manager for Auckland and Northland, Steve Mutton, says late-night drivers should plan for the closures.

“In particular, we urge shift workers to be aware that access to and from the motorway north will change, and they should allow extra time for their journeys” says Mr Mutton.

Mr Mutton says “the northbound Fanshawe Street and Wellington Street motorway on ramps and the northbound Port to SH16 link will also be closed during the northbound motorway closures.  The Fanshawe Street on ramp will close first, at 10.30pm”.

All closures will be lifted by 5am the following day so that there is no disruption to morning peak traffic flows.

The sign gantry being installed next Wednesday night will run the width of 10 traffic lanes between the St Marys Bay cliffs and Westhaven Drive, approximately mid-way between the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the Victoria Park motorway viaduct.

“It is essential for the safe operation of the busiest section of motorway in the country, including the Auckland Harbour Bridge,” Mr Mutton says.

Like the two gantries erected before Christmas, the gantry is being installed by crane as a single unit.

“This is a potentially tricky operation that cannot start until after midnight and must be completed within three hours to ensure that the motorway can be re-opened by 5am.”

“The two previous installations went without a hitch and with minimal disruption for nearby residents and, weather permitting, this one will be the same,” Mr Mutton says.

Related Posts

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  3. SH1 Closed for Sign Lift
  4. Vic Tunnel Gets Roof Beams
  5. Next Week’s Motorway Closures




  1. ingolfson says:

    Meh, I mainly want to see the new footbridge go up - that will be something cool!

  2. grunter says:

    Hmm, someone should point this out to the Healds editorial writer that was so scathing of the rail closedown. I recall he implied some sort of incompetedence at KR, coz NZTA could manage to rebuild motorways without needing to close them. Ofcourse, using old grannys other arguement put forward in the same peice, this closure suggests that the motorway is not needed at all.


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