What the…? Ballarat Street


What the…? is an occasional piece explaining something Queenstowners might have seen around town. Today we tell you what’s happening on the corner of Ballarat and Stanley Streets. Yes, it’s a transport revolution for Queenstown – the introduction of traffic lights. If you have a pic that you want explained please email: ed@scene.co.nz

What: These traffic lights are part of the NZ Transport Agency’s minor (safety) improvements project programme, done in conjunction with the Queenstown’s council.

Who: Downer NZ Ltd 

When completed: The team is aiming for the first week of May. There were a few delays due to the arrival of traffic signal equipment into Queenstown, and working around a myriad of underground services for the traffic signal pole foundations. Contractors delayed the removal and pouring of new kerb on Ballarat St a couple of weeks ago as heavy rain was forecast. The crew is also working in and around a busy traffic and pedestrian area making as minimal a disruption as possible.

When does work start on the second set of traffic lights Shotover/Stanley intersection? The agency and the council are hoping to start this in the first week of May, with completion around mid-June (before the Queenstown Winter Festival starts on 24 June).

Cost: Ballarat St $340,000, Shotover St $280,000 (cost difference largely due to fewer kerb line changes to do at Shotover St)

Source: NZ Transport Agency