Traffic passes through Allanton despite roadworks on State
Highway 86, which includes widening of the road and
footpath. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Work to replace ageing footpaths along state highways and
to widen part of the road at Allanton should be completed by
the end of this month.
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has been undertaking
roadworks at the intersection of SH1 and SH86 (Centre Rd),
the route linking Dunedin city to Dunedin International
NZTA spokesman Murray Clarke, of Dunedin, said the primary
objective was to replace the footpath, which had ''come to
the end of its life'' and was becoming costly to maintain.
The footpath was too narrow and would be replaced with a
stronger and wider one, Mr Clarke said.
While that work was being done, the NZTA had also taken the
opportunity to address some safety issues at the
intersection, he said.
Large truck and trailer units had difficulty getting into
tractor businesses at the intersection, so the road would be
widened in places.
It meant those trucks and other large vehicles would not have
to move into the centre of the highway to enter and leave the
Mr Clarke said motorists on SH86 turning into Douglas St also
had to stop in the middle of the highway to give way to
oncoming traffic, which held up traffic from behind heading
to the airport.
A wider road would give airport traffic room to pass vehicles
turning into Douglas St.