Demolition threat for homes, fire station


Frankton’s fire station and two homes could be bowled to make way for a link road to the new Kawarau Falls bridge.

Queenstown’s council is modelling four options for linking State Highway 6 from the bridge to Remarkables Park.

It expects to have the results next week.

The current shortest route goes up Humphrey Street, with a right turn at the fire station on to Douglas St, then a left on to Robertson St.

One option is to create a new road from Humphrey St through to Lucas Place (red line).

Other options are to widen Lucas Place to four lanes (green); create a direct link via Robertson St (blue); or enhance the status quo by widening Humphrey St using existing berms.

Council comms manager Michele Poole says the modelling work includes safety and indicative costs.

The results will be made public once the council, NZ Transport Agency and “stakeholders” have considered the options.

Poole says council can’t confirm how the three properties could be affected as the designs haven’t been finalised.

A residents’ lobby group has challenged the route of the planned new $25 million bridge. The group wants it to be built downstream, connecting to a planned eastern access road at Remarkables Park.