Traffic gridlock following Mount crash

Traffic is bumper to bumper on Maunganui Road and the Hewletts Road flyover. Supplied photos.

UPDATED 3.30pm: The truck and trailer that rolled on Hewletts Road has been removed but the lane remains closed this afternoon.

The left north bound lane at the intersection of Hewletts Road and Totara Street is closed while contractors inspect the road says a post on the Waka Kotahi NZTA Facebook page.

Police received reports of the crash just before 11.30am, says a police spokesperson.

EARLIER: Reports are coming in of gridlock traffic around Tauranga this afternoon.

SunLive has received multiple reports of traffic stalled on Hewletts Road, Maunganui Road and State Highway 29a.

The delays are believed to be a result from a truck rollover in Mount Maunganui, at the intersection of Hewletts Road and Totara Street.

Police were alerted to the crash just before 11.30am, says a police spokesperson.

“While the road is currently not blocked, the truck and trailer will need to be removed from the area.

“This is expected to take some time and the road will have to be closed when this happens.

"Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible."

Traffic backed up on Hewletts Road.

Red indicates stalled traffic, green shows where the traffic is moving. Image:Google Maps.

A crane is being brought in to right the overturned truck.

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Posted on 09-01-2021 21:12 | By clingon

Even getting out of Bayfair carpark is a mission. We left not knowing about the traffic jam but realised trucks were lined up under the Hewlets Rd flyover and going nowhere so we changed lanes and headed for the mount and actually got out of 1st gear, turned on Oceanbeach rd and headed for Papamoa to get home to Pyes Pa via Welcome Bay Rd. Glad we hadn’t hired a taxi...

Cops too slow

Posted on 08-01-2021 15:57 | By jed

Why is crash at 11:3 but road still closed at 3:30pm? Keystone cops don’t care?