Several major projects are underway to reduce congestion and improve traffic flows in Frankton. Here’s what’s happening. They are all linked
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Big changes have been made in Frankton that will see major improvements to traffic and congestion issues, with a number of projects launched in June 2017
- Hawthorne Drive stage one open
- Parking removed from SH6
- Airport Park and Ride facility open
- Changes to Glenda Drive
- Stage one of BP Roundabout upgrade complete
Hawthorne Drive (the Eastern Access Road)
Construction work on Hawthorne Drive is expected to be complete by Christmas 2017.
The project is primarily funded by the Queenstown Lakes District Council with support from the New Zealand Transport Agency. It 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.
The route, formerly known as the Eastern Access Road, is the largest council-led project involving local government and the NZ Transport Agency currently underway anywhere in the country.
Work is being completed in two stages and on Thursday 22 June at 11.15am, the initial Glenda Drive to Frankton section of Hawthorne Drive opened to traffic. This link provides a temporary link from SH6, down Glenda Drive and through to Remarkables Park.
The stage one link will operate until construction of Hawthorne Drive is complete in December. It has been opened to take winter traffic pressure off the BP Roundabout and will be a temporary link – it will have a 30km speed limit in sections.
Residents in Frankton will notice increased traffic flows coming through from Hawthorne Drive and we ask for their patience while NZTA finishes the new two lane bridge across the Kawarau Falls.
Removal of State Highway 6 roadside parking
In conjunction with the opening of stage one of the Hawthorne Drive link, from Monday 3 July parking on SH6 between the Shotover Bridge and Kawarau Falls Bridge will be prohibited.
Parking on this route especially near Queenstown Airport, is a growing concern, with parked vehicles creating a potential safety risk on this increasingly busy highway. Having upwards of 150 vehicles a day parked along the highway also creates a negative impression of Queenstown as a world class visitor destination.
To ensure the removal of roadside parking on SH6 doesn’t shift this parking issue into residential areas, 48 hour maximum stay restrictions have been extended in residential Frankton, these will apply from SH6 to the Frankton lakefront.
This will enable residents and their visitors to continue parking outside their homes for a couple of days, while discouraging others from leaving their vehicles there.
Given the proposed extra parking restrictions, a dedicated parking officer has been provided for the Frankton area to ensure both the new restrictions and existing restrictions are actively enforced.
Airport Park and Ride
At the same time as the Hawthorne Drive link opened an airport Park and Ride facility came into service. This has been developed in partnership between QLDC and Queenstown Airport and ensures airport users have a long term parking option available to them with the removal of parking from SH6.
Located on Brookes Road behind Mitre 10 Mega, the carpark will provide airport parking for 150 vehicles with paid parking on site and a free shuttle to and from the airport. Shuttle timetables and introductory pricing are available here.
Changes to Glenda Drive
On street parking has been removed from all of Glenda Drive.
The loss of parking on Glenda Drive is to ensure the traffic can flow freely along the road while it is being used as the link with Hawthorne Drive around the eastern end of the airport runway.
Initially, 150 spaces in the Park and Ride facility will be reserved for businesses on Glenda Drive to compensate for the temporary loss of on-street parking outside their premises. There will be a free shuttle service between the carpark and Glenda Drive, operating Mon-Fri, from 6-9am and 4-6pm. The operation of the shuttle will be monitored and changed if necessary to ensure it is meeting the needs of Glenda Drive users.
QLDC has carried out several counts of parked vehicles along Glenda Drive. Over 80% were there for more than eight hours, showing that they are being used by people either working or living on Glenda Drive
Most properties along Glenda Drive are required to have onsite parking to cater for their workers and customers, as part of their resource consent conditions. Owners have all been reminded of this requirement so the parking in Brookes Rd will supplement what businesses provide onsite.
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The BP Roundabout
Further to this, the NZ Transport Agency is considering a strategy to improve the section of the current State Highway network between 5 Mile (Grant Rd) and the new Kawarau Bridge, including an immediate upgrade to the junction of SH6 and SH6A (the BP roundabout) to help reduce congestion. Stage one of the project was completed in June 2017.