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SH6 Kawarau Falls Bridge Traffic Signals

Queenstown's first traffic signals are expected to be operational on Monday afternoon 19 December at the Kawarau Falls bridge on SH6 south of Frankton.

Continued growth in the Queenstown area has now reached a stage that the priority on this single lane bridge needs to be positively managed with traffic signals.

Current average daily traffic volumes are approximately 5,500 vehicles per day, with holiday peaks reaching as much as 9,000 vehicles per day.

Transit NZ will continue to investigate widening and new bridge replacement options as part of a transportation study of the Wakatipu area, to be done in conjunction with Queenstown District Council next year.

Installing traffic signals had always been planned once the traffic volumes justified the need. "With the busy holiday period upon us the timing will be welcomed", said Transit NZ Area Engineer John Jarvis.

Motorists should not experience any significant delays and the  lights will quickly trigger a green phase if no other vehicles are approaching the bridge. Separate signals will also control the Kawarau Falls motor camp access at the southern end of the bridge.

The cost of the signals is $117,000.


For further information contact

John Jarvis Area Engineer Central Otago (03)477 8527 or (027) 435 9567