Work on bridge

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Drivers are be­ing ad­vised by the New Zealand Trans­port Agency of pos­si­ble de­lays on the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge dur­ing the hol­i­day break as it closes two north­bound lanes for an­nual main­te­nance work.

The north-bound clip-ons will be closed from to­day, Box­ing Day, so sec­tions of its two lanes can be resur­faced.

At the same time, the Cur­ran St on-ramp, which feeds north-bound traf­fic on to the clip-on, and the Stafford St off-ramp on the North Shore will be closed.

The six other traf­fic lanes on the har­bour bridge will re­main open dur­ing the main­te­nance work, three in each di­rec­tion.

‘‘We will do ev­ery­thing we can to keep traf­fic flow­ing smoothly, but drivers us­ing the bridge should leave ex­tra time for their travel to avoid pos­si­ble de­lays,’’ an NZTA spokesman says.

‘‘The start of the Christ­mas sales and the big buildup of traf­fic as peo­ple leave the city for hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions com­bine to make Box­ing Day one of the busiest days of the year on the Auck­land mo­tor­way net­work.’’

The agency takes ad­van­tage of warm tem­per­a­tures, long hours of day­light and a gen­eral slow-down in the city’s busi­ness ac­tiv­ity at Christ­mas and New Year to resur­face the lanes.

Resur­fac­ing will be com­pleted by Jan­uary 6.

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