By TRACEY ROXBURGH
Another four months of road closures and temporary removal of carparks, this time along
Queenstown’s Camp Street and Earl St, will start next week — but the end is far from sight.
Queenstown council contractors will start digging trenches and installing 600 metres of
wastewater pipe along Camp St next week as the Rec Ground pump station and wastewater upgrade — which started 12 months ago — moves to the next phase.
Council property and infrastructure boss Peter Hansby says the disruption there will continue till late September — contractors will be talking with directly-affected businesses about managing disruptions and maintaining access as the project moves along Camp St.
‘‘There’s an incredible amount of construction work happening in town right now and we know that some people are feeling frustrated about temporary loss of parking and access into the town centre,’’ he says.
‘‘The intention is to complete as much of the work along Camp St as possible before the busy ski season starts.’’
The wastewater project’s been centred on the western end of the Rec Ground, but it’s also affected Memorial St which, till last week, was blocked off completely for several weeks, Man St, which is still partly closed to traffic from the intersection with Camp St to the intersection with Brecon St, and Park St, from the intersection with Coronation Drive, past the Queenstown Gardens, and along a section of the waterfront. To date, more than 1200m of wastewater pipe’s been installed along Park St, and the new Rec Ground pump station and land scaping’s almost finished.
Meantime, there are also effects on traffic at Brecon St from construction at the base of
Skyline’s gondola and M-Space’s under-construction two-storey precinct which will feature a restaurant, bar, 10-pin bowling alley and other commercial operators, also on Brecon St.
In the CBD, Camp St is already subject to traffic management due to Skyline’s redevelopment of the O’Connells Shopping Centre, expected to be finished in either September or October, while the majority of Beach St is undergoing a street upgrade, the first of several planned around the CBD.
Then, at Hotops Rise, a temporary bridge has been installed over Horne Creek so a new
bridge can be built, while a planned cycle path along Hotops is being re-examined to ‘‘reduce the impact on trees’’.
Hansby says work will start ‘‘soon’’ on the town centre arterial road project — the first
stage of that focused on Melbourne St to, essentially, Shotover St.
And then there’s also the infrastructure installation for the asbestos-riddled Lakeview development to come.
He says all of the projects will ultimately ‘‘improve the experience for locals and visitors’’ and the resilience of the town’s infrastructure.
In the interim, Hansby wants locals to keep supporting local businesses.
‘‘We acknowledge there is reduced parking in the centre of town while the upgrade projects are underway.
‘‘That said, our off-street parking facilities on the edge of town are operating below capacity.
‘‘Options such as the Ballarat St or Boundary St carpark are available for use, or taking the $2 bus means you can leave the car at home.’’