Sausage roll snarls traffic
A total by-pass of Bulli Pt is still on the cards for SH1 and will be discussed again next week following major disruption on the route on Wednesday.
A truck carrying sausages and other meat tipped over early Wednesday morning. It is the latest in a string of accidents at the site, with traffic delayed all day.
The driver was uninjured but vehicles were forced to go the long way around the lake [an extra 58km] for 14 hours while the refrigerated truck was removed from it precarious position.
The accident happened at 4.30am and NZTA shut the route from 11.30am Wednesday until 2am Thursday so two cranes could remove the truck.
Wayne Murtagh from Murtagh Crane Hire said the truck was carrying 20 tonnes of meat products and 800 meat packs, weighing 27kg each had to be unloaded by hand.
‘‘We had to get the cargo out first, or there would be floating sausages everywhere,’’ he said.
Murtagh said the team of ten got chain-gang going, passing the meat.
‘‘By the end, we were pretty tired.’’
Bulli Point is located between Hatepe and Motutere, where the 100 kmh State Highway 1 slows to 25 kmh to curve around the cliffface overhanging Lake Taupo.
Councillor Barry Hickling said NZTA were looking at two options for changes to the route.
‘‘Obviously some improvements to Bulli Point through safety provisions, but they’ll also be looking at a total bypass,’’ he said.
‘‘They might even look at making safety improvements in the short term, with the bypass a bit later.’’
Councillor Anna Park, the South Waikato representative on the NZTA’s Waikato regional transport committee, said the committee will meet on Monday and that Bulli Point would be discussed in a workshop following the meeting on ‘‘reprioritising transport priorities’’.
She said the Bulli Point corner was a crucial road for the district.
‘‘You could always go around, but to get emergency services to Turangi or the southern lake area, it could come down to a time factor – so it’s a key piece of road for use,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ll be fighting for it to be kept up there in the list of priorities.’’
A truck rolled off SH1 at Bulli Point, causing the section of road to close for six hours on Wednesday.