End of road for crash spot

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A death trap’s $4m fix

 

A $4 million fix for a death trap Queenstown intersection is scheduled for the end of next year.

The proposal aims to improve the crash-prone juncture of State Highway 6 and Glenda Drive on Frankton’s outskirts.

Mountain Scene – which pushed for urgent improvements in July 2007 after reporting on three prangs in three months – has had a preview.

Plans include a new roundabout closer to Frankton that will divert traffic down a new back route in and out
of Glenda Drive.

The existing highway intersection will only be used by vehicles turning in from the left.

Queenstown Lakes Dis­­trict Council transport planning manager Denis Mander says council’s share is $2.2m for the new back road.

The cost of the new $2m State Highway 6 round­­-about is expected to be split by the Crown’s New Zealand Transport Agency and neighbouring developers, Mander says.

QLDC is counting on owners of neighbouring Shotover Park and Five Mile to vest required land parcels in council ownership.

Mander says “safety issues” and projected growth at Frankton are driving the changes.

NZTA Otago-Southland director Bruce Richards says his agency will contribute $1.1m. Construction is expected to start in April and finish by December, 2010, he says.

QLDC kicked off public consultation during a Glenda Drive barbecue with affected parties last week.
It will be officially unveiled to QLDC’s utilities com­­mittee next Tuesday.

Runway earthworks are go

A subdivision consent for Alastair Porter’s Remarkables Park allows 700,000cu m of earthworks for an emergency airport runway extension over the Shotover Delta by October 2011.

It also allows 83 new lots including a medical centre and possible retirement village between the Remarkables Park Shopping Centre, airport runway and Kawarau River.