Thoughts?: A new pedestrian bridge, in the foreground, and a new two-lane traffic bridge at Arthurs Point are being planned for future connections across the Shotover River


While it could be a decade before a new two-lane bridge’s built at Arthurs Point, a group of transport and council boffins hope another bridge, just for cyclists and pedestrians, will be
in place much sooner.

The Way to Go group — comprising reps from City Hall, NZ Transport Agency and Otago Regional Council — this week unveiled its plan for future connections at Arthurs Point which will, eventually, see the historic one-lane Edith Cavell Bridge closed to cars.

It’d be replaced by a new road bridge about 100 metres downstream from the Edith Cavell Bridge, with access to Morningstar Beach, where Shotover Jet operates from, McMillan Road and Oxenbridge Tunnel Rd to remain.

But the engagement booklet says ‘‘funding constraints’’ means it’s unlikely that bridge will be constructed ‘‘for at least 10 years’’.

A decade away: An artist’s impression showing the proposed new two-lane bridge at Arthurs Point

‘‘However, the new walking and cycling bridge can be implemented earlier, vastly improving the access and safety for these users.’’

That’s closer again to Queenstown, about 400m downstream of the Edith Cavell Bridge, designed for ‘‘side-by-side’’ bike riding.

A signalled crossing with a raised platform’s mooted where the trail crosses Gorge Rd, while on the other side of the river it’d provide an off-road option to link to Atley Rd.

Feedback on the overall plan closes on October 19.

That’ll be used for Way to Go to finalise its business case for NZTA and apply for funding to
design the option in detail before it plans for the recreational bridge’s construction.