There’s been congestion all afternoon on State Highway One for traffic heading back to Wellington.
At midday, the Transport Agency reported delays of up to 30 minutes between Levin and Otaki.
At 1.20pm, delays of up to 45 minutes were reported from Levin to Peka Peka (where the new expressway begins.)
By 5.30, things were worse – it was taking an hour to get from Levin to the entrance to the new two-lane highway at Peka Peka. But at 6pm, congestion was easing and delays were back to 45 minutes.
Further south, another set of afternoon delays:
— NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) April 17, 2017
Then at 7pm: a crash on SH1 south of Raumati was partially blocking lanes near Waterfall Road.
Wellington.Scoop – April 14
Congestion on State Highway 1 caused long delays for motorists heading out of Wellington today.
At 11.19 the Transport Agency reported that delays between Raumati and Otaki were up to 45 minutes.
— NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) April 13, 2017
Then at 1pm, the delays had got worse – congestion of up to 60 minutes for north-bound traffic between Plimmerton and Otaki.
Among those delayed was Wellington city councillor Sarah Free.
Okay, millions spent on a new expressway, just to be stuck in the worst traffic ever!! pic.twitter.com/gqnXM0BvH0
— Sarah Free (@sarahfreenz) April 13, 2017
At 11.20 she reported:
It’s a shocker, we’ve gone 500m in 30 mins, now just speeding to a dramatic 10 km/hr!
At 3.20, the Transport Agency confirmed that delays were continuing.
— NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) April 14, 2017
At 4.15, however, congestion was starting to ease, with 30 minutes as the travel time from Plimmerton to Otaki. And at 4.45 the Transport Agency announced that “congestion has eased.” Presumably meaning that traffic was flowing freely, after a day of delays. “Thank you for your patience,” said the Agency. It did not apologise.
There was further congestion on SH1 between Sanson and Bulls after a truck crash which closed the road in Bulls between Bridge street and Criterion Street. A minor detour was in place but due to the Easter weekend, traffic was congested .