A plan to keep downtown Queenstown traffic moving while
ensuring the area is still pleasant for pedestrians has been
presented for feedback from ratepayers, but construction
could be years away.
A well-attended open day in the Queenstown Lakes District
Council chambers last week launched community consultation
about the ''Queenstown Inner Links'' project, which is
promoted by mail drops and public notices and continues until
Stage one of the traffic congestion-easing plan, from
Frankton Rd to Henry St, was estimated to cost $12.8 million
The indirect route via Boundary St to Man St was estimated to
cost $14.5 million and the direct route to Man St could be up
to $24 million, due to land acquisitions.
Transport manager Denis Mander said there was a variety of
comments during the open day, from why the project was needed
and what the council was trying to achieve, to how would it
affect access to property.
''We're really hoping people have a look at what it's about.
It's been around for a long time and needs to go through
these stages of design to work out what it is going to look
like and what's the timing,'' Mr Mander said.
A report containing land valuations and varying construction
costs, with recommendations on design issues will be tabled
at the council meeting in June or July.
The New Zealand Transport Agency will expect a study of
alternatives to Inner Links from the council, such as greater
use of public transport, which might affect construction
Traffic modelling is under way. Walking, cycling and parking
management will be examined in the next financial year.