The intersection of State Highway 8B and 6 has been the
site of many crashes, including fatalities. Photo by Lucy
The grape vines have been removed, the land has been
bought and the contractor is ready to go.
The only thing standing in the way of the redesign of a
notorious Cromwell intersection is a formality of the Central
Otago District Council.
The intersection of State Highway 8B and 6, known locally as
Vets Corner, has been the site of many crashes and
As well as reducing the speed limit from 100kmh to 80kmh for
300m either side of the intersection, the New Zealand
Transport Agency (NZTA) is preparing to separate the left
turning lane used by motorists turning into State Highway 8B
from the main flow of traffic.
To create the new left turning lane, NZTA has purchased about
2240sq m of former vineyard land from Wooing Tree Holdings
Ltd, for $65,000.
NZTA has applied to the Central Otago District Council,
asking it to change the designation of the land in its
district plan for State Highway purposes.
NZTA Central Otago area manager John Jarvis said while this
was just a formality, it was the last piece in the puzzle
before work could begin.
He said the contractor was ready to go as soon as the agency
heard back from the council following a meeting of its
hearings panel today.
The $80,000 to $100,000 project is estimated to take four
weeks to complete.
The work will include an extension of the road drainage,
relocation of lights, a minimal amount of earthworks, sealing
Once finished, it will increase visibility of oncoming
traffic to the north (from Wanaka) for traffic on State
According to NZTA's application, the most common crash at the
intersection involved turning traffic and they were mainly
attributed to drivers waiting to turn right having difficulty
distinguishing left turning traffic from through traffic.
NZTA had considered other designs but considered this to be
the best option, because it offered the greatest visibility.