End in sight for road works madness


The cone-maze challenge is coming to an end.

New Zealand Transport Agency bosses have confirmed they expect both Shotover Country and Glenda Drive roundabouts will be operating before Christmas - weather permitting.

The massive road projects have caused consternation among drivers with an ever-changing layout of cones to navigate.

But the end is now in sight.

Agency planning manager Tony Sizemore says contractor SouthRoads started running the final gravel layer for the northside of the roundabout at Lower Shotover Road on Monday.

Chip sealing is programmed for the end of the week with asphalting from December 14, and the roundabout operating by December 18.

Drivers can expect at least one more cone conundrum though.

Sizemore says: “The current temporary traffic setup is not ideal and SouthRoads are going to make some adjustments this week that should make the traffic flow a bit better.

“Things will be a lot better once the asphalting of the roundabout is complete and traffic is using it.”

SouthRoads will return in the New Year to complete works on the Queenstown side of the roundabout and other minor works.

Agency senior project manager Phil Dowsett says Glenda Drive roundabout’s also on track, although there’ll also be some minor work to complete in the New Year, and on Glenda Drive itself.

“The state highway driving in to Queenstown will be free of construction activity over Christmas and the New Year.

“Thanks to all drivers for exercising caution and care along this road while the work is in progress.”

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Simon Bridges turned the first sod for the new $22 million Kawarau Falls bridge on Tuesday.

Bridges says roadworks will be completed on roads nearby to ensure the new piece of infrastructure, due to open winter 2017, combats congestion.

And he says the government is also committed to improving Frankton Road, but widening is difficult due to its natural constraints.