Auckland Harbour Bridge could close due to Cyclone Cook

Severe gales may force Auckland's Harbour Bridge to close on Thursday afternoon, NZTA says.

Closing the bridge would be unprecedented but if predicted winds of between 130-160km/h happen, it'll be too dangerous, Auckland Highway Manager Brett Gliddon says.

"Closing the bridge is not a decision we will take lightly because it will have a significant impact on traffic flows throughout the city, however our first priority is safety and that’s what will determine any closure," says Mr Gliddon.

"If the bridge is closed to traffic this will have a flow-on effect across the rest of the motorway and local road network, so motorists should expect long delays, and avoid travelling if they don’t need to."

Alternative routes between the city and North Shore will be via SH16 and SH18.

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