Roadworks disruption minimal

Extensive road works around Arrowtown should not disrupt traffic to and from the New Zealand Golf Open but speed restrictions are likely on State Highway 6, the New Zealand Transport Agency says.

The Open begins at The Hills tomorrow and finishes on Sunday.

NZTA Area manager John Jarvis said road works would be taking place during that time on State Highway 6 between Queenstown and Arrowtown.

"There may be temporary speed restrictions in place, but there shouldn't be any disruption for the golf. The work will be off road. We won't be doing any work to the road itself until after the Open," he said.

Work started on widening the State Highway at the Lower Shotover Rd intersection last week.

Contractors are digging out the left-hand bank to allow the left-turning lane into Lower Shotover Rd to be moved back.

"Moving the lane will improve the visibility for cars coming out of Lower Shotover Rd. There's been a couple of close calls there. We made improvements a couple of years ago but there are still a few problems with it," he said.

Speed restrictions would be in place while work was being carried out, he said.

The restrictions would vary day-to-day but could be as low as 30kmh.

The work should be completed by mid-February, he said.

The agency was also repaving and widening the State Highway between Morven Ferry Rd and the Crown Range turn-off.

The pavement had reached its expiry date and the widened shoulder would make it safer for cyclists, he said.

Preliminary work started last week near Arrow Junction.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has postponed its Malaghans Rd rehabilitation programme until after the Open.

Project manager Steve Hewland said contractors had started removing trees along the road last week, but work would stop during the Open.

The project includes widening and pavement rehabilitation of 1180m of Malaghans Rd from the Remarkables Vets entrance to the Arrowtown Lake Hayes Rd-McDonnell Rd intersection.

The works would improve cycling safety and drainage, he said.

It is due to be completed by mid-April.


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