Northland Civil Defence has issued an immediate ban on truck and trailer units using an alternate route that bypasses the closed State Highway One’s slip-damaged Brynderwyn Hills.
Group Controller for the Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, Graeme MacDonald says despite requests by authorities for truck and trailer units not to use the alternate Waipu Cove to Mangawhai Road route, some drivers had still chosen to do so.
This morning a large freight truck (pictured) got into difficulties on the stretch of road, blocking the alternative route, he said.
Accordingly, he said today (pursuant to Section 88, Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002) he formally directed that truck and trailer units were now restricted from using the Waipu Cove Road between Mangawhai and Waipu. The ban is effective immediately.