Road works on Stanley St. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Roadworks are prominent in the Wakatipu at present, with
continued bridge work, road resurfacing and the installation of
underground ultrafast broadband equipment all on the go.
Work started on Monday, October 29, to resurface sections of
State Highway 6A, the main route in and out of Queenstown,
which is used by 15,000 vehicles a day.
The road is managed by the New Zealand Transport Agency and
the work involves repairing and asphalting surfaces on a
section of Stanley St, between Ballarat and Shotover Sts, and
includes two busy roundabouts.
Part of the work also involved asphalting the Goldfields
Heights and Hensman Rd intersections on Frankton Rd.
In October, New Zealand Transport Agency area manager John
Jarvis said the entire job was expected to be completed by
The McChesney Bridge at Arthurs Point was reduced to one lane
on Friday and the same is planned for today to allow a
specialised machine to inject a mixture of hot water, bitumen
and cement into the road, a process called foam bitumen
Temporary road closures on Arthurs Point Rd on Friday were
also implemented for the foam bitumen stabilising and
closures are again planned for this Friday.
A Queenstown Lakes District Council public notice said
motorists can expect 15- to 20-minute delays between 6pm and
9pm on the evenings of the closures.
At the same time, Chorus is installing fibre-optic cables
underground in urban Queenstown as part of the Government's
national ultrafast broadband initiative.
Fibre cables are being installed along the street using
existing ducts, or new ones are being dug.
Before Chorus starts work in a particular area, it generally
delivers fliers to residents advising what the work involves.