Traffic is often reduced to a crawl during peak times on Kawarau Rd at Frankton. Photo by James Beech.
Traffic lights have not been ruled out by the New Zealand
Transport Agency as a way to ease growing congestion on
The critical arterial road between Kawarau Falls bridge and
the BP service station roundabout has been slowing vehicles
to a crawl this summer.
Congestion is acute in the 50kmh zone from the Lucas Pl
roundabout, which leads to Queenstown Airport and Remarkables
Park Town Centre, to the BP roundabout.
Each day, about 16,700 vehicles travel between the two
Otago-Southland highway manager Ian Duncan said the transport
agency was aware of the ''considerable traffic growth'' in
''We believe it's being driven by a combination of tourism
growth plus increased construction activity in the Frankton
Flats area over the past 12 months.''
''We are about to start gathering traffic and other data to
build a better understanding of the current traffic flow
situation and issues,'' Mr Duncan said.
''Over the next few months we will use this information to
develop options to help ease delays motorist are currently
experiencing, especially at peak morning and afternoon travel
''Traffic signals at the BP roundabout intersection could
well be in the option mix.''