By GUY WILLIAMS
A big funding splash announced by Waka Kotahi two days ago has promised no more spending in Queenstown over the next three years than the $115 million promised in July.
However, Mountain Scene has teased some more detail out of the land transport agency on how that money will be spent in the resort over the next three years.
Most of it’s already committed to two projects either underway or poised to start: the town centre street upgrade project began early this year, while construction of the first stage of the town centre bypass road is due to start in three weeks.
Waka Kotahi principal transport planner Tony Sizemore confirms the remainder will be spent on a long-awaited upgrade of Frankton’s BP roundabout, two continuous bus lanes — one on State Highway 6 from the BP roundabout to just short of the Kawarau Falls Bridge and another on Ladies Mile between Howards Drive and the Shotover Bridge — an upgrade of the Frankton bus hub, and a roundabout at the intersection of Ladies Mile and Howards Dr.
Cut from the programme is a pedestrian underpass beneath Ladies Mile, because of ‘‘uncertainty around the development of the north side of Ladies Mile’’, Sizemore says.
Scene asked for more detail on what’s planned for the BP roundabout, but was told nothing can be released yet because ‘‘property negotiations are being worked through’’.
But senior project manager Simon Underwood says the existing ‘‘tight’’ roundabout will be expanded into a ‘‘traffic signal-controlled intersection’’, and confirms the work should be completed within three years.