Crash tests Dynamic Lanes

A crash in Red Beach on June 19, in which a motorcyclist was seriously injured, also caused widespread traffic congestion for several hours – not only on Whangaparaoa Peninsula but also in surrounding areas including Dairy Flat and Silverdale.

The accident occurred at 3.50pm, at the intersection of Whangaparaoa Road and John Dee Crescent.

The affected part of the road was closed from 4pm so that emergency services could attend. It reopened, eastbound, at 5.30pm and was fully reopened by 6.30pm.

The Dynamic Lanes that operate on this part of Whangaparaoa Road were not yet switched over for the afternoon peak when the accident occurred. It was the most serious crash on this part of Whangaparaoa Road since the lanes became operational early in 2018. The lane technology, including cameras, was used by Auckland Transport’s (AT) operations centre to assist with managing the incident.

AT spokesperson Mark Hannan says this included putting the Dynamic Lanes into “incident state” which assisted Police with the road closure, informing and updating drivers via social media and message boards of the impact on the road network, and optimising the detour route by changing traffic signals.

“The AT operations centre worked closely with Police to get the road opened as soon as possible. CCTV footage was given to Police to help with the crash investigation,” Mr Hannan says.

Traffic had cleared by around 7pm.

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