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: email@example.com
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