Traffic jams expected for Queenstown

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Motorists should expect delays from Monday (October 29) as resurfacing work begins on Queenstown’s main road.

The $400,000 job will see the New Zealand Transport Agency replace asphalt on Stanley Street and Frankton Road sections of State Highway 6A.

Work begins Monday on the section of Stanley Street at the bottom of the hill between Ballarat Street and Shotover Street. It includes the two busy roundabouts and also a small section of Memorial Street.

The Goldfield Heights and Hensman Road intersections with Frankton road will also be resurfaced from November 12. These small intersections were not done as part of last year’s work as they need a more durable asphalt surface.

NZ Transport Agency area manager John Jarvis says: “The entire job should be completed by December 7.”

The existing surfaces will be milled off before being replaced. Pavement repairs will be done at the same time.

About 15,000 vehicles a day use the highway.

Jarvis says every effort is being made to minimise disruptions for road users. To help with this some work may be done at night to reduce delays during busy day-time traffic periods.

Work by Chorus to install an Ultra-Fast Broadband network in Queenstown will not hit the town centre before Waitangi Day (February 6).

Queenstown Lakes District Council has a moratorium on road works in the CBD during the busy summer period from late December through January.

Chorus is currently installing the necessary new fibre optic cables in the Kent Street and York Street areas of Queenstown Hill. They will move to Gorge Road next.