Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Queenstown roading upgrades begin

Construction has kicked off a $250 million upgrade to State Highway 6/6A (SH6/6A) in Queenstown.

Transport Minister Simeon Brown says the works will boost economic growth, reduce congestion, and create a safer and more reliable transport network.

“With more than 40,000 vehicles passing through each day at peak times, the current SH6/6A Frankton intersection has become incredibly congested and inefficient,” Mr Brown says.

“With tourism returning to pre-COVID restriction levels, and continued growth in and around Queenstown, upgrades to this critical intersection will ensure local commuters and visitors can get to where they are going, quickly and safely.

“These upgrades will provide families and children who go to school in Queenstown with more travel choices by delivering an expanded bus hub, as well as allowing more room for ski bus operators in the winter.”

The Minister says local concerns around Howards Drive will also be addressed with a new roundabout, while signals will be added at Joe O’Connell Drive to help make entry and exit at the Events Centre more efficient.

“We need to keep Queenstown moving during construction and the project team will ensure the current corridor remains open to two-way traffic while these critical upgrade works are carried out,” said Minister Brown.

“The Government is committed to delivering infrastructure that boosts economic growth, reduces congestion, and creates a safer and more reliable transport network.

“It is only through a strong economy that we can lower the cost of living, lift incomes, and invest in the public services and infrastructure New Zealanders rely on,” he said.

The works are being delivered through a partnership between NZTA, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Downer New Zealand, Fulton Hogan, WSP, and Beca.

The Coalition Government has agreed to increase funding by $120 million from existing Crown allocations to ensure this important package of improvements is delivered. 

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