Akatarawa Road closed after Truck becomes stuck blocking Road near Reikorangi, Kāpiti Coast

Akatarawa Road closed after Truck becomes stuck blocking Road near Reikorangi, Kāpiti Coast

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Kāpiti Coast District Council released a statement on Wednesday afternoon that Akatarawa Road near Reikorangi is blocked due to a truck becoming stuck.

The incident occurred near the summit on the Kāpiti side at around 1pm, and assessments were underway at the time. Emergency services were also on site.

It was recommended that at this stage, the road is not expected to be opened back up for some time and will remain closed to all traffic overnight.

Source: CC/KCDC

Motorists planning to use the route were advised to take an alternative.

Residents living nearby can get to their properties from either the Upper Hutt side or Kāpiti end from Waikanae.

The Council says further updates will be given as new developments unfold following the incident.

Source: CC/Sam Hudson [Wgtn]

Last year in November, a Truck carrying around 40,000 litres of petroleum rolled over into a ditch while turning a sharp bend.

It resulted in the road being closed for a significant amount of time.

This took roughly two weeks to clear before the road was reopened to the public.

Source: CC/Sam Hudson [Wgtn]

Planning was undertaken to extract the product inside the tank and safety procedures were underway.

This was to ensure the scene was safe for the removal of the rig and trailer.

Throughout the final week a large crane was then set up for the removal of the petroleum tank.

Source: CC/ Sam Hudson

New signs were installed last year giving notice to truck drivers about turning around and not to progress further as it is quite common for a truck to take the route and accidentally get stuck.

The signs were installed due to public outcry after Google Maps and GPS systems would report Akatarawa Rd as a bypass and show State Highway 1 as being closed.

Image: SUPPLIED/Kāpiti Coast District Council

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