Works disrupt parking

Disruption to car parks in the Queenstown central business district can be expected in the coming weeks as the Queenstown Lakes District Council works to finish all scheduled projects before winter.

Council Infrastructure general manager Erik Barnes said several ''road rebuilds'' were on the agenda. Work on Athol St and its associated car park were under way.

Work on Earl St and Marine Parade is scheduled to begin next Monday and work had also started on the Upper Brecon St car park, beside the Queenstown Childcare Centre and Wakatipu Kindergarten.

While the work had been programmed to cause as little disruption as possible, some inconvenience was ''inevitable'', Mr Barnes said.

''We've tried to keep closures to a minimum by keeping one lane open and to do that we've had to close off some side parking on these streets for the duration of the works.

''The amount of parking available in the Athol Street car park has also been reduced temporarily.''

Earl St and Marine Parade would have one-lane access throughout the process but there would be some night-time closures for Athol St, including the car park from 8pm to 6am on Wednesday, Monday, April 8, and Monday, April 15.

Repairs to the surface of the Upper Brecon St car park were under way and while it would remain open during the work period, the number of parks would be temporarily halved. Resealing of the car park was scheduled to occur from April 20, to coincide with the school holidays.

All projects were scheduled to be completed by the end of May.

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