Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee yesterday indicated an
announcement on the contentious State Highway 6 Kawarau Bridge
at Frankton could be close.
At the Mainland Conference 2014 in Queenstown on Saturday
Clutha-Southland National Party candidate Todd Barclay made a
figurative reference to the dilapidated bridge.
''I want to build a strong bridge between Queenstown and the
rest of the electorate,'' he said, drawing laughter and
Yesterday, Mr Brownlee said he knew the bridge ''between
Queenstown and Dipton'' was extremely close to Mr Barclay's
heart and he could look forward to ''a reasonable
announcement coming in the next couple of months''.
Mr Brownlee later said he would not elaborate other than to
say he had been ''under lobby previously from Bill English
and that's being continued by Todd''.
Last year, independent commissioners recommended the
Queenstown Lakes District Council approve the construction of
a two-lane, $18 million bridge at Kawarau Falls. However, a
new bridge was not expected until after 2016.
It was reported last month nearly half a million dollars had
been spent repairing the bridge in the past 10 years, most of
it on the running boards.