Eastern Access Road contract awarded

Oct 14, 2016

Queenstown Lakes District Mayor-elect Jim Boult has today announced that the contract for the construction of Hawthorne Drive, better known as the Eastern Access Road, has been awarded to Fulton Hogan for the tendered price of $21.8 million.

Work on the project is expected to begin immediately and will take just over 12 months, with the project expected to be completed in December 2017.

The project, primarily funded by the Queenstown Lakes District Council with support from the New Zealand Transport Agency will provide an alternative route for drivers travelling between Frankton and the Shotover River, enabling them to avoid the existing junction of SH6 and SH6A at the BP Roundabout, which is a long-standing choke-point for traffic, both to and from Queenstown.

Work will be generally completed in two stages, with an initial connection between Glenda Drive and Remarkables Park expected to be open to motorists before winter next year.

Mayor-elect Jim Boult is delighted to see such an important project off the ground. “This has been a long time in the making and it’s great to see the contract awarded so work can begin right away. Being able to open up a transport link before winter next year will be of huge benefit to locals and visitors alike.”

“This announcement is a credit to both the previous Council and the Transport Agency for laying the groundwork to get this project underway.”

“It is great to see this important Queenstown transport link advancing,” says Michael Aitken, Acting Southern Regional Director, NZ Transport Agency. “It is an essential part of the wider programme of works to manage the effects of Queenstown’s unprecedented growth. It has been a very positive experience working closely with the team at Queenstown Lakes District Council to bring this project to the starting gates.”

QLDC General Manager Peter Hansby sees this as a culmination of a lot of hard work and cooperation over the past 12 months. “There has been an enormous amount of planning work to get the designations and approvals in place and the Hawthorne Drive contract awarded. The team here at QLDC and our partners at the Transport Agency have worked tirelessly to get this project underway and it’s a credit to everyone involved.”

“The tendering process was robust and all tenders were thoroughly evaluated, so we’re very confident we’ve got the right team for the job with Fulton Hogan.”

Fulton Hogan will establish and commence works on site from the 25th of October 2016.