It was unlikely any funding from the New Zealand
Transport Agency (NZTA) for the bulk of the Eastern Access Rd
would be allocated before next July, southern planning and
investment manager Ian McCabe said yesterday.
Yesterday, the Otago Daily Times reported a 650m
section extending from the shopping centre, which had been
funded by Remarkables Park Ltd, was nearing completion and a
section at the northern end was required to enable Pak'n Save
and Mitre 10 Mega to operate.
Mr McCabe said the NZTA was also moving ahead with two
roundabouts - one on State Highway 6 just past Glenda Dr and
the other on the Eastern Access Rd. Construction was expected
to begin in November.
However, no application had yet been received by NZTA from
the Queenstown Lakes District Council to assist with funding
the bulk of the access road, which will ultimately connect
the Remarkables Park Shopping Centre to Glenda Dr and SH 6
via the back of Queenstown Airport.
Mr McCabe said the council had indicated it would try to
accelerate matters if possible, but there were ''some hoops
that have to be jumped through with that''.
Although the council had allocated $8.8 million for the
project in its draft annual plan, it was not included in the
National Land Transport Programme [NLTP] and, as yet, there
was no request for it to be. Regardless, there was ''still a
bit of water to go under the bridge before the council are
going to be in a position to do that, anyway'', he said.
''They can't apply for construction funding before they go
through [the] design [process]. They can't apply for either
until the project is scheduled in the NLTP [and] that only
has 18 months to go.
''I think, at best, we might get some design done ...
[within] this current NLTP, but construction ... if it's
going to be approved, the bulk will have to happen in the
next NLTP [from 2015-18].''
Mr McCabe said for the road to go into the next long-term
plan, the council would have to include the project in its
own programme and submit it to the regional council's
The regional committee would then prioritise projects and
submit those to the NZTA to be considered by its board as
part of the NLTP, where projects were ranked across 76 local
authorities and the state highways.
While he was ''confident'' the roads enabling the operation
of Pak'n Save and Mitre 10 Mega could be completed in 12
months, the progress of the remainder of the Eastern Access
Rd was still undetermined.
''I can't say with any confidence at this stage whether the
Eastern Access Rd will stack up or not because I haven't seen
any evidence to support it,'' Mr McCabe said.