Rural local authorities are weighing up their roading costs
after the recent polar blast as they consider applications
for emergency funds from the New Zealand Transport Agency to
assist with clean-up operations.
A transport strategy containing a 30-year guide for
prioritising funding bids for Otago transport projects was
described as a "filter for where government money will go"
before it was approved by regional councillors in Dunedin
A renewed call for the construction of better bridges on
several key Otago highways is among the many amendments to be
considered at the penultimate meeting of the Otago Regional
Council's transport committee tomorrow.
A traffic survey is to be carried out in Duntroon next month
as part of an investigation into the town's speed limit,
which the Duntroon and District Development Association and
some residents want lowered.
for state highway transport projects within Otago and
Southland could be compromised by a decision to rank State
Highway 1 between Dunedin and Invercargill in a secondary
tier of nationally important routes.
Future investment in Otago's transport network is likely to
be prioritised towards maintaining the region's highways and
roads, with the potential for diverting more freight options
towards rail, and pushing for ongoing improvements to travel