Tunnel crash: what to do
Thousands of vehicles will flow through the new Waterview tunnel each day, and it is inevitable there will be crashes from time to time.
When that happens, tunnel administrators say years of careful planning and engineering will come into play.
NZTA’s Auckland Highway Manager Brett Gliddon said keeping people safe within the tunnels was a ‘‘top priority’’.
In an effort to ease congestion following an accident, the tunnels are equipped with ‘‘state of the art’’ communication and safety features, Gliddon said.
Stay in your lane and avoid changing.
Keep your speed to within the posted limit.
Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
Dangerous good vehicles, vehicles more than 4.3m high and vehicles carrying uncovered loose bulk loads are not allowed inside the tunnel.
Stay in your car.
Turn on your radio.
Listen and follow instructions given on the radio, over the PA systems or messages displayed on screens and signs overhead.
If the tunnel needs to be evacuated, leave your car and go quickly to the places of safety as instructed while you wait.
If you get into an accident in one of the twin-2.4km long tunnels, take a breath and listen - NZTA have planned for it all.