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.

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