State Highway 1 has now been re-opened around seven hours after a fatal crash on the Kapiti Coast.
The driver of a car was killed in a a collision with a truck on State Highway 1 north of Waikanae about 6:30am.
The truck driver suffered minor injuries in the crash near Greenhill Rd.
Motorists hoping to beat school holiday traffic heading out Wellington are still facing long delays but NZTA hopes they will clear shortly.
"We expect that there may be some delays as the congestion from the detour route clears, but we anticipate that traffic will shortly return to normal patterns for a Friday afternoon," says the agency's Mark Owen
"We ask that motorists continue to be patient if they do experience any delays,"