An investigation into road links from State Highway 6 to
Frankton Flats is designed to prove to the Government the
urgency of building the new Kawarau Falls bridge, the safer
Glenda Dr roundabout and the pressure-relieving Eastern
''The Frankton Flats-Western End Project'' by the Queenstown
Lakes District Council will work together with the ''Bridge
to Bridge Study'', referencing the existing Kawarau Falls and
Shotover bridges, by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA),
which is looking at the wider state highway network.
''It's quite a valuable project for the community to get a
better understanding of the future requirements for
transportation within the Frankton area,'' council
infrastructure and assets general manager Erik Barnes said.
''It's looking at what are the current requirements and then
into the future; so how do we plan for that effectively?''
The report published in June will be instrumental in council
and agency decisions regarding Frankton Flats.
The project dovetails with the council's review of
transportation in the Queenstown Lakes district.
The associated projects had been on the long-term plan for
Council staff decided it was time to refresh the previous
strategy because funding through the agency had been altered,
the Government's policy statement on transportation had
changed and it was important to update the council's aim to
meet community expectations, Mr Barnes said.
Council staff started the overall review of the district
transportation strategy in a meeting in September and will
look at the underlying projects which feed into it,
coinciding with the Western End and Bridge to Bridge.
The council is consulting the NZTA, the Queenstown Chamber of
Commerce and the Otago Regional Council about transportation
issues now and in the future, then will open consultation to
the public in a format to be determined in the new year.
Staff aim to finish the review by June for the initial
district strategy, while timing for the other two projects
depends on agency funding.
''We'll have an update strategic plan for the district and
identification of future improvements or projects coming out
of that,'' Mr Barnes said.
''One of the main things will be responding to the
community's needs and desires. The other is ensuring we're
managing growth in the district appropriately and that's from
state highways and local roads.''
The projects will help the council understand the importance
and explain the importance at the national level to seek
funding for key network improvements, especially the three
projects Wakatipu residents most want to see finished.
The $18 million Kawarau Falls replacement two-lane bridge, to
remove congestion and frustration at the old existing
one-lane dam crossing; the new $6 million Glenda Dr
roundabout and highway modification, to replace the existing
crash-prone intersection; and the $9 million Eastern Access
Road, which will complete a circuit around Frankton Flats
with a new road from Glenda Dr, along the corridor cut into
the earthworks platform of the runway end safety area of
Queenstown Airport, to connect with the expanding Remarkables
Park Town Centre.
''We have to do these projects to gain funding through NZTA
to show their importance and that there is a business case
for them,'' Mr Barnes said.
''The hope is we can push them forward as fast as we can. Our
desire is to have that bridge in there and it's been on the
books for many years, so hopefully this will help us put that
''It's very important we get our transportation network
right, for now and for future generations.''