Traffic was jammed on the corner of Stuart St and Moray Pl before lunchtime yesterday after Dunedin City Council closed the Lower Octagon to vehicles ahead of the weekend’s events.
A council spokesman apologized for the inconvenience to motorists and said many factors were to blame for the congestion, including extra traffic, town center improvements and wet weather prompting more people to drive.
The council said transport staff were monitoring and adjusting the phases of traffic lights to help clear congestion.
He said he opened the George St and Moray Pl intersection, which was closed due to work related to the redevelopment of George St.
The closures of Lower Octagon and Stuart St would continue for safety reasons related to the event.
Additional traffic management would be in place until late this evening at and around Moray Pl First Church due to the Mid Winter Carnival.
The Otago Daily Times was told drivers had resorted to flashing red lights to drive through traffic.
Otago Regional Council has issued an alert on the Orbus app to those using the service, apologizing for major delays due to traffic congestion.
Regional council transport manager Doug Rodgers said congestion meant long delays for some services and he expected bus delays to continue today.
“We understand delays are frustrating and thank passengers for their patience.”
Grid provider Aurora Energy told customers yesterday that power was out in Broad Bay, Outram and surrounding areas.
Crew members were dispatched to investigate the issues.
Aurora Energy warned customers to avoid downed power lines or damaged electrical equipment.