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Travelling to the OY on 5th September? Motorway will be closed all day

Show Profile  Martin Posted: 6 August 2010, 12:36 AM  
A heads up that if you're travelling south through Newmarket to the OY at Waiuku on 5 September, the motorway will be closed, try SH20 instead.

Could be some interesting chaos!



Important travel advice to all motorists

To enable us to open up the new southbound Newmarket Viaduct, we will be closing the Southern Motorway, southbound, between Gillies Ave and Greenlane for a period of up to 36 hours. This necessary closure will take place from 5pm on Saturday September 4, meaning the motorway will remain closed, southbound, throughout Sunday September 5. When the motorway reopens in time for Monday morning, southbound traffic will travel across the first half of the new Newmarket Viaduct.

The closure will cause significant disruption throughout central Auckland, as up to 60,000 vehicles are re-routed through local roads.

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 9 August 2010, 1:29 PM  
You should move the OY to the weekend before then, as thats just going to be ridiculous

Show Profile  paultheOctopus Posted: 9 August 2010, 1:57 PM  
She'll be right, it'll rain heavily all weekend and they'll have to postpone it. The ginormous blue monster is going for a walk to the other side of the road, that should be interesting.

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 9 August 2010, 2:56 PM  
Ginormous blue monster? Is that one of the toys that Paul gets to work with, or just something that he starts to see towards the end of his harder shifts?

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 9 August 2010, 3:28 PM  
Greg, are you saying orienteers can't route-choice their way around this? They could use ... a map.

Show Profile  paultheOctopus Posted: 9 August 2010, 3:32 PM  
nic, no and no thankfully, both would give me nightmares, and anyway you would need eight arms to control that thing.

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 9 August 2010, 3:49 PM  
Michael you obviously haven't spent enough time in Auckland traffic, with Auckland drivers

"To avoid major disruption on the surrounding arterial road network it is essential to avoid driving anywhere in Auckland during the weekend unless absolutely essential." considering that normal traffic can back up for over 2 hours before it even becomes 'heavy' on the traffic reports, then this is going to be utter shithouse.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 9 August 2010, 5:32 PM  
Oh well I'm sure the super-city leaders will be laying on plenty of extra trains on the day, and you can negotiate with orienteers living south of the blockage to get picked up. Kinda like a City Safari:-))

Show Profile  paultheOctopus Posted: 9 August 2010, 6:04 PM  
you can leave your wheels in west auckland if you like Michael, check you are insured

Show Profile  jeffg Posted: 9 August 2010, 6:19 PM  
Scotty will probably swim the Manukau Heads and run down from there.

Show Profile  rob.g Posted: 9 August 2010, 7:10 PM  
Greg, there is an obvious route on the motorway past the airport that will be nearly as quick as the usual route on a normal day.

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 9 August 2010, 7:40 PM  
Yeah you are right Rob, without all the SH1 motorway traffic on it, but where do you think everyone is going to go????

Show Profile  HeadHoncho Posted: 9 August 2010, 9:11 PM  
to Waiuku Forest hopefully

Show Profile  pete s Posted: 9 August 2010, 9:56 PM  
Scotty normally does that Jeff - the other option is to circumnavigate the globe starting due North, until finally arriving at Waiuku - at least that way you'll miss the bottle neck.

Show Profile  Marquita G Posted: 9 August 2010, 10:49 PM  
I think I'll kayak down from Rimmers Road. Greg, you can come if you like, it's a double kayak.

Show Profile  jeffg Posted: 9 August 2010, 11:35 PM  
Banksie'll probably run you down there on his jetski if you say you'll vote for him.

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