Queenstown road improvements to start in September

Aug 31, 2010

The scheduled major ‘street-scape’ upgrade of Lake Esplanade will be timed with final infrastructure and lighting improvements, Queenstown Lakes District Council project manager Steve Hewland said.

“This is a significant upgrade and improvement to the street in terms of safety and amenity from Steamer Wharf to the Fernhill roundabout. A big part of our infrastructure upgrade was completed last year (sewer main upgrade) and now we have planned to complete all remaining upgrades in one hit,” Mr Hewland said.

That meant replacing sections of the water main, valves, laterals, flow metres and new street lights. The total cost of the project was $1.55 million.

“We have taken a really forward looking approach. In other words we want to minimise the disruption by ensuring that all work that needs to happen on that stretch of road is packaged into this one final project,” he said.

The roading project included a new road surface, new kerb and channel, stormwater drainage, improved safety for cyclists, improvements to the pedestrian crossing and improved pedestrian access to St Omer reserve.

Although the programme was scheduled to run from September 2010 through to March 2011, all work would stop during the busy Christmas period (December 17- Waitangi Day).

“It’s also really important with so many accommodation providers in the precinct that we introduce an alternative, temporary water main while the upgrade is occurring,” Mr Hewland said.

This would prevent anything more than minor water shut downs.

“We will be working closely with affected businesses to minimise disruption,” he said. 

The project would be staged and, at minimum, one-lane-traffic would be maintained. 

Meanwhile two major utilities and roading projects on Gorge Road ($1.6 million) would also get underway in the spring with work taking place from Shotover Street to Industrial Place.

“Again this is an upgrade of street lighting, water and sewer upgrades and some significant improvements to road user safety,” Mr Hewland said.

The work included:

  • A new pedestrian refuge at the Robins Road intersection.
  • New bus stop opposite the High School.
  • New lane markings.
  • New intersection controls for Hylton Place and Hallenstein Street.
  • Landscaping.

Work on Gorge Road would also stop over the busy Christmas period. The utilities project would be completed before Christmas and the roading project after Waitangi weekend.

A three month upgrade of Perkins Road ($500,000), improving stormwater drainage, widening the carriageway and installing new parking bays was also scheduled to commence in September.


For further information please contact Steve Hewland 03 441 0499.

By: Rebecca