The removal of legal challenges against a new two-lane $18
million bridge across the Kawarau River announced last week
was welcomed by Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden.
Remarkables Park Ltd and the Frankton Community Association
independently withdrew appeals against the notice of
requirement to alter the existing designation to enable
construction, operation and maintenance of the new bridge on
State Highway 6 across the Kawarau River in Frankton.
While the 87-year-old combined bridge and dam and the new
structure, to be build over two years after 2016, belonged to
the New Zealand Transport Agency, not the Queenstown Lakes
District Council, Ms van Uden recognised the significance of
securing the only physical link to Kelvin Heights, the
Remarkables ski area, Jack's Point, Lakeside Estate and
Kingston, as well as Southland and Fiordland.
''It's good to hear that another step has been made towards
the construction of a new bridge,'' the mayor said.
''This is a very important piece of infrastructure for our
The New Zealand Transport Authority believes it has remedied
the problem which caused extended delays for motorists
attempting to cross the Kawarau Falls Bridge during the busy
holiday period last year.
Improvements to the traffic signal system had since been
carried out, resulting in a smoother traffic flow across the
one-lane bridge. Drivers should still be prepared for delays
at certain times, due to the heavier traffic on roads in the
NZTA Central Otago area manager John Jarvis said the agency
would be carrying out routine maintenance at night before
Christmas to secure several loose decking planks.
That would be followed by more extensive overnight work
during February and March.